Carolyn Robinson has switched sides, joining the TVNZ team just weeks after lamenting the way TV3 handled her departure.

Robinson, a former Nightline and 3 News presenter and host of What's Really In Our Food?, has signed up as a reporter on Seven Sharp and will start later this month, TVNZ has confirmed.

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Robinson quietly left MediaWorks in January after 18 years at the network, and she slammed TV3 for the way her departure was handled in a scathing column called "Life before Weldon" on The Spinoff.

She also revealed her thoughtless leaving gift.

"I was asked not to tell anyone I was leaving. The news of my departure was only announced after I'd in fact gone. After they'd organised my $100 Whitcoulls voucher," wrote Robinson.

"What for me had begun with such optimism, such joy, had ended in a way that still makes my breath catch."

In a statement, Robinson said she was looking forward to returning to television.

"It's really exciting to be stepping into a role at Seven Sharp. The team there is fantastic, and I can't wait to reunite with the show's executive producer, Antony Stevens, who I worked with on 3 News for a couple of years."

Robinson isn't the only former MediaWorks staff member to have switched sides recently, with former TV3 reporters Rebecca Wright and Anna Burns-Francis both making the change.

The Herald understands long-serving 3 News presenter Hilary Barry has also signed with the network.