Geoff Robinson leaving Morning Report, after 35 years and 30 co-presenters

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Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report presenter Geoff Robinson is to leave the programme after more than 35 years.

Geoff Robinson first joined the Wellington-based Morning Report team when the programme was introduced in 1975, and will have his last day in the job in April.

Announcing his retirement on air this morning, he told listeners it was time for him to enjoy some morning sleep-ins.

During his career Geoff Robinson has worked alongside 30 co-presenters.

Radio New Zealand chief executive Paul Thompson has paid tribute to Mr Robinson, describing him as a broadcaster of the highest calibre whose role of host of New Zealand’s top rating morning news programme has made him a household name.

“Geoff has been both witness and interrogator during a period of significant change in New Zealand and the world – and has calmly and intelligently helped New Zealanders understand these complex stories and issues. “

“He is a broadcaster of the highest calibre and it is a remarkable achievement to have maintained such high standards of thoughtfulness, fairness and insight over such a long period. “

“Geoff has given us four months’ notice and we will use that time to find the best replacement possible for New Zealand’s number one radio news programme. Radio New Zealand will ensure staff and listeners have every opportunity to acknowledge his enormous contribution to broadcasting in this country. “

Geoff Robinson joined the old New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation in Dunedin in 1970 after emigrating from Britain in 1965. He joined the Morning Report team in 1975 when the programme was introduced, and apart from three years reading news on the then commercial network has been in the role ever since, working alongside more than 30 co-presenters during that period.

 

3 comments:

  1. Simon Bridges, 28. November 2013, 9:11

    My wife just told me she cried when she heard Geoff Robinson’s leaving Morning Report. She says she wakes up more with him than me. [Via Twitter]

     
  2. James, 28. November 2013, 16:05

    As much as I’m sad to see Geoff go, I suggest this could be an opportunity for RNZ to introduce some cultural diversity into its presenter lineup (either on Morning Report, or on Sundays replacing Chris Laidlaw, or both).

     
  3. Valda Palenski, 29. November 2013, 14:17

    Early mornings will not be the same without Geoff at the end of my hand as I turn the radio on. His sane, unflustered approach to even the most divisive of his interviewees is a lesson I am sure we have all benefitted from. Thank you Geoff for making our early mornings so pleasant for so long.

     

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