Laws keepnig mum...at least for now.


Controversial talkback host and Wanganui District councillor Michael Laws is tight-lipped over his plans once he leaves RadioLive next year.

Sean Plunket will take over Mr Laws' nine to midday slot.

Mr Laws said he would pursue ``something new, something exciting and something that I've always wanted to do'' after his final show on March 31 next year.

The Chronicle asked Mr Laws what he intended to do next, and if the local body elections and another tilt at the mayoralty was in the offing. He responded: ``I have no intention of revealing any of my future plans to any APN outlet, including the Wanganui Chronicle.''

The former Wanganui mayor was part of the original RadioLive team, which began broadcasting in 2005.

He has never been a stranger to controversy. Last year he told radio listeners he had no idea why someone had not taken a shotgun into the Herald on Sunday newspaper ``and just cleaned out the entire newsroom''. Earlier this month, the Broadcasting Standards Authority ordered RadioLive to apologise after Mr Laws asked American Pit Bull Terrier Association spokeswoman, Karen Batchelor, to ``wear a muzzle'' and accused her of making untrue statements _ prompting her to complain to Radioworks.

RadioLive general manager Jana Rangooni thanked Mr Laws for all he had done for the station. ``He is a passionate, talented broadcaster and whether you agree or disagree with what he has to say, you can't dispute Michael's legacy as one of the great characters of New Zealand radio.''

Ms Rangooni confirmed that Sean Plunket, former host of TV3's The Nation current affairs programme and former Radio New Zealand host, would take over Mr Laws' show in April.

- WANGANUI CHRONICLE

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