News from Radio New Zealand
Susie Ferguson has been appointed as co-host of Radio New Zealand National’s top-rating programme Morning Report. The 36-year-old will join Guyon Espiner, 43, in a new line-up for the programme from 2 April.
They replace Geoff Robinson, who is retiring, and Simon Mercep who has been appointed host of Afternoons.
Ferguson is well-known to Morning Report listeners where she has been a regular stand-in host since 2010. She was the co-host of the recent Summer Report programme and has also presented Checkpoint and Saturday Morning on Radio New Zealand National.
Trained in broadcast journalism in the United Kingdom, Ferguson began her radio career in Edinburgh as a newsreader, writer, reporter and producer. She worked in London as a freelancer for BBC London, Independent Radio News, Classic FM and Virgin radio, was a presenter at ITN News Direct – a rolling news radio station, and a producer for BBC 5 Live.
Her international experiences as a journalist have taken her to some of the world’s most challenging news environments including Afghanistan, Iraq, Sierre Leone and Lebanon. She has also covered the aftermath of humanitarian disasters in Pakistan and the south-east Asian tsunami.
Ferguson says she is delighted and honoured to be a permanent part of the Morning Report team. “This is a dream role for me and I’m looking forward to working with Guyon.”
Radio New Zealand chief executive Paul Thompson said the new team of Ferguson and Espiner will form a formidable pair on New Zealand’s most listened-to radio show.
Today’s appointment follows a review of programming and earlier presentation changes announced for Radio New Zealand National. Wallace Chapman is to host a refreshed Sunday Morning programme from the end of March. Jim Mora will continue to host The Panel and will co-host Checkpoint with Mary Wilson.
Morning Report is New Zealand’s most popular, and most respected, radio news programme. Every day, more than 250,000 New Zealanders tune in to listen to three hours of comprehensive and in-depth coverage of the day’s top news stories.