Fair Go presenter Gordon Harcourt leaving TVNZ

Pippa Wetzell will farewell Gordon Harcourt from Fair Go.
Pippa Wetzell will farewell Gordon Harcourt from Fair Go.

TVNZ presenter Gordon Harcourt will make his final appearance on Fair Go tomorrow night, after five years hosting the top-rating consumer affairs programme.

Harcourt took over from Kevin Milne in 2011, alongside Ali Mau, before Pippa Wetzell took over as co-host.

TVNZ head of news and current affairs John Gillespie confirmed the departure but would not comment on the reasons behind it.

"After eight years of great stories, really strong campaigning journalism; including chasing bad guys down driveways (and under garage doors), Gordon Harcourt is leaving Fair Go at TVNZ.

"His eight years on the programme (plus an earlier stint in the 90s) will be remembered fondly by our viewers and his colleagues at TVNZ - Gordon personifies dogged reporting and is a fierce protector of the consumer."

Harcourt made headlines in 2011 when he was assaulted by a used-car dealer who had been the subject of a Fair Go investigation.

Harcourt was left with a black eye, a bleeding nose and suspected concussion after allegedly being punched three times while shooting in Mt Maunganui.

Harcourt has been missing from Fair Go in recent weeks, with reporter Brodie Kane taking on his hosting duties.

TVNZ would not be drawn on whether Kane will replace Harcourt permanently.

Fair Go screens on TV One, Wednesdays at 7.30pm.

- NZ Herald

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