The Diary: Anna Guy eyes TV career

Anna Guy is eyeing a career in television. Photo / Mark Mitchell
Anna Guy is eyeing a career in television. Photo / Mark Mitchell

The sister of slain farmer Scott Guy is considering moving to Auckland with her children to pursue a career in broadcasting or public speaking, she told The Diary.

Anna Guy, whose estranged husband Ewen Macdonald was acquitted of her brother's murder but remains in prison sentenced on other crimes - said she was talking to her family and looking into options.

"I want to make something of my life. I've had four children, but I haven't done anything career-wise. I see this as a clean slate. I can do whatever I want."

The 31-year-old is considering a move into media or joining the celebrity speaking circuit. But she knows the bright studio lights of Auckland are a long way from the family dairy farm in Feilding.

"I'm seeing someone in Auckland, so that's definitely a pull," she said. "I've got itchy feet and, you know, I've got nothing to lose."

She says she always loved performing and has been acting and singing since the age of 10.

"Broadcasting and public speaking is something I am interested in, but I haven't decided yet. I'm exploring options and I'm not ruling anything out."

More than 400,000 people tuned in to TV3 on Sunday to see a 60 Minutes interview with Ms Guy in which she said she didn't know if her husband was guilty of killing her brother.

"I understand it won't be easy with four kids and pursuing a career, but I feel as though, with what I've been through in the last two years, I can do anything I put my mind to."

HOT HOUSEWIFE FLIES IN

Eva Longoria picked up a healthy US$100,000 ($120,000) to launch The Shopping Channel in Auckland today.

Duco, the events management company, was asked to negotiate an endorsement with Longoria, Shopping Channel boss Al Duff told The Diary.

"Her appearance fee wasn't that expensive, about $100,000," said Duco director Dean Lonergan.

Not bad for a whistle-stop, two-day visit. "Her trip also coincides with her fragrance launch," said a representative for the Shopping Channel. Commercial leverage is all part and parcel.

Magazine publisher ACP negotiated exclusive media rights for their Woman's Day title, forking out a hefty, undisclosed contribution towards the fee. It allows them access to the 37-year-old Hollywood star.

She will be guest of honour at a private cocktail party tonight for ACP advertisers.

The deal prevents other media interviews. Instead, the rest of us will be taken to a "media conference location" to meet Longoria.

Journalists were invited to submit two questions each in advance for approval due, a Shopping Channel rep said, "to time constraints".

Personal questions are out of bounds. Fuggedabout Longoria's two failed marriages, the new NFL toyboy lover, her bankrupt Las Vegas restaurant, or why she's resorted to selling cat food and potato chips since the demise of her primetime television show, Desperate Housewives.

Her passion for politics is approved though, so too her involvement in President Barack Obama's re-election campaign. In fact, Longoria was to spend four days in New Zealand and launch The Shopping Channel on Monday, but an appearance at an Obama fundraiser meant she had to jet in this morning.

Longoria will fly out tomorrow night after her live studio appearance on The Shopping Channel. Duff says her endorsement of his network is invaluable. "She has set a benchmark of where this channel is aspiring to be".

PLUNKET JUMPS SHIP

Broadcaster Sean Plunket will leave his NewstalkZB radio show at the end of the year and is understood to be joining rival talkback station RadioLive.

Wellington-based Plunket will leave on December 21 when his contract ends, but he was coy about a move to the opposition. "Let's just say, an opportunity has come up and I am leaving for personal and professional reasons. But it is completely amicable with Newstalk," he told The Diary.

His boss, Dallas Gurney, said there were no hard feelings. "Sean has had a great tenure at ZB."

Asked if Plunket was coming on board, RadioLive boss Jana Rangooni cryptically responded: "There's nothing we can say".

However, well-informed RadioLive insiders say Plunket - who will remain in the capital - will take over a day show at the station. Sources say he will replace outspoken radio host Michael Laws, who was forced to apologise this week by the Broadcasting Standards Authority for unfair comments made on-air. Laws did not return calls and neither did MediaWorks bosses.

When asked if Plunket was replacing Laws, the company's legal counsel Clare Bradley would only say she could "not comment on speculation and employment matters".

PAUL HENRY LOCKED IN

Paul Henry may be tipped to front the new-look Close Up show but an Australian TV insider says that's unlikely because of his contract with Network Ten.

"If he was to be the Close Up replacement, it would be a contractual breakage with his current bosses. Paul would be great, but it won't happen as Paul is still contracted to Network Ten."

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