Alison Mau leaves Seven Sharp as Hosking and Street sign on

Alison Mau (left) is leaving Seven Sharp, while Mike Hosking and Toni Street are stepping in.
Alison Mau (left) is leaving Seven Sharp, while Mike Hosking and Toni Street are stepping in.

Mike Hosking and Toni Street have been announced as the new hosts of TVNZ current affairs show Seven Sharp, after Alison Mau confirmed she was leaving the programme.

Hosking and Street will join current presenter Jesse Mulligan when the show returns in the New Year.

Mau confirmed today she will leave the TVNZ show at the end of the week. She will move to RadioLive to host a show with Willie Jackson.

TVNZ's Head of News and Current Affairs John Gillespie said viewers were "in for a real treat" with the new team.

"Toni is a naturally gifted broadcaster and an outstanding journo. She's ready to make the move into a primetime presenting role. Mike is one of New Zealand's most respected and versatile broadcasters. He has a long history with TVNZ and we're delighted to be welcoming him back. We think our new team will take Seven Sharp to the next level in 2014."

Gillespie said he was proud of how the show had performed in its first year.

"Seven Sharp has been a bold departure from legacy format current affairs at 7pm. Our viewers are looking for a fresh take on the stories of the day and a hint of irreverence and fun - and that's what we are committed to delivering," said Gillespie.

Gillespie thanked Mau for her contribution to Seven Sharp. "Ali has been an integral part of launching Seven Sharp and the show has benefited greatly from her involvement."


Mau is the second high profile presenter to leave the show after co-presenter Greg Boyed left the show in September.

RadioLive have confirmed Mau will make the move to radio to host a new early afternoon programme with Jackson.

Jana Rangooni, general manager of talk brands for MediaWorks Radio said: "Ali is a hugely talented broadcaster. She's smart, has strong opinions, a great sense of humour and the dynamic between her and Willie will create great talk radio. She is a fantastic addition to the RadioLive stable.''

The launch date for the new radio show has not yet been revealed.

TVNZ will look for a new presenter to join Rawdon Christie on Breakfast in the New Year, following Toni Street's move to Seven Sharp.

- nzherald.co.nz

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