Media Munchies: Hilary Barry

The other mother of the nation has been reading the news (and cracking jokes) at TV3 since 1999 and took the brave step of signing up as newsreader for The Paul Henry Show this year. Here’s a taste of her media diet. 

What media do you wake up to?

I wake up to a radio alarm, which is set on The Breeze, because you really, really need easy listening music when it’s 3.30am. I also have the alarm set on my iPhone, in case I sleep through the first one.

What TV shows are you watching at the moment? And how are you watching them?

I never miss an episode of 3 News or 3D. I love The Good Wife, Veep, Mad Men (still in mourning after the final episode) all of which are recorded on MySky for viewing when time permits.

What music are you listening to at the moment? And how are you listening to it?

I listen to lots of music off my iPod, via the Bluetooth in the car. I’ll often listen to CDs in the car too and also radio, which I switch between Radio Live, The Edge and The Breeze, depending on my mood and whether the kids have hijacked the tuning button. My music tastes are pretty eclectic; I’ve got Ray La Montagne, Lydia Cole, Tiny Ruins and some really bad/good ‘80s ballads.

What are you reading at the moment? And how are you reading it?

I don’t own a kindle because I love reading real, paper books. I’m old fashioned! I rather enjoyed Sue Monk Kidd’s latest The Invention of Wings recently. 

Do you use social media?

Yes, Twitter mainly, which I find quite entertaining at times. I use Facebook as well but it’s like driving your Nana’s Honda Jazz after you’ve spent a lot of time on Twitter.

 What’s your favourite website?


What’s your favourite magazine?

Metro and The Listener in equal measure.

What’s your favourite app?

AirNZ and Shopstyle.

What’s your guilty media pleasure?

Browsing online fashion websites/apps. When the kids catch me ogling shoes again, I feel like I’ve been caught with my hand in the candy jar.

What media do you go to sleep with? 

Nothing. Silence is golden.

  • This story originally appeared in the July/August edition of NZ Marketing.

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