Mark Richardson and Polly Gillespie join unnamed MediaWorks radio station


Mark Richardson and Polly Gillespie will join MediaWorks' new talk radio station in 2022.


Mark Richardson and Polly Gillespie will join MediaWorks’ new talk radio station in 2022.

Broadcasters Mark Richardson, Polly Gillespie and Wilhelmina Shrimpton, and businessman Robett Hollis join MediaWorks’ new talk radio station.

They join Tova O’Brien and Duncan Garner, previously announced breakfast hosts.

Richardson was a sports presenter on The morning show since five years. In September, it was announced that Richardson and his colleagues Morning show host Amanda Gillies was forced to quit the show at the end of 2021 in what Thing Understood was part of a radical makeover following the departure of host Duncan Garner.

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A spokesperson for Three’s parent company Discovery confirmed Thing that Richardson will always host the next series of The block in 2022, which was announced Wednesday as part of Discovery NZ’s new local show series.

Gillespie worked for over thirty years in radio, during which time she spent 20 years hosting the ZM Breakfast show.

In June 2020, Gillespie and co-host and former husband Grant Keremea were dumped from MediaWorks’ More FM as part of a major company-wide restructuring.

Gillespie was one of 130 staff to lose their jobs amid sweeping changes that were forced on media companies in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak in 2020 and a drop in advertising spending during locking.

“My show is going to be quite different from traditional New Zealand radio. Very personal. I can’t wait to get stuck and connect with listeners again, ”said Gillespie.

Richardson said he relishes the prospect of joining the new station, which will launch in 2022.

“Nothing beats the fast pace of live radio and I am proud to join the impressive team assembled to date,” he said.

Wilhelmina Shrimpton and businessman Robett Hollis also lined up for concerts on the radio.


Wilhelmina Shrimpton and businessman Robett Hollis also lined up for concerts on the radio.

Wilhemina Shrimpton initially left NewsHub in July this year, citing “some changes at Newshub / Discovery NZ” before stepping down from her role as Late NewsHub anchor. She has since presented and created the podcast The pivot, a series that looked at the Kiwis who adapted during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Businessman Robett Hollis, who was to be CEO of Apprentice Aotearoa before having problems with a work visa in the United States, has already come out ahead of his new contract.

“I believe New Zealand wins when New Zealanders win, so I am delighted to support this new platform to help fight our Great Poppy Syndrome and have fun along the way,” he said. -he declares.

More details on the new station are expected in the coming weeks.


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