Radio New Zealand stalwart and "probably New Zealand's best-known voice" Geoff Robinson gets his gold watch today, after almost 35 years in the host's chair of Morning Report. Today's show went back over some of the big stories he's covered in his time, like 9/11, the Rainbow Warrior and the Christchurch earthquakes, as well as some of the lighter moments, like struggling to talk into a recorder while riding a rollercoaster in Texas. And a number of the country's best-known broadcasters—including some of the more than 30 co-hosts he's worked with in his time—were there to pay tribute to the man Kim Hill called "continuity at its best". Radio New Zealand put together its own tribute to his remarkable 44 year career at the national broadcaster and created a short clip featuring some of his and his colleagues' reflections.
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Foolish frivolity: Bidding by blink, Robinson's shock move, the fax hits internet radio and Gmail launches Shelfies—UPDATED
If you don't mind giving your colleagues the appearance you have an awkward tic, Trade Me's new way browse and bid by blink is just the ticket. Of course, the beta release date of 1 April could be a coincidence, we'll let you decide about that - and what could be veteran broadcaster Geoff Robinson's next move, internet radio morphing into the world of the fax machine, Gmail takes the wraps of shelfies and other hijinks.
Radio New Zealand (RNZ) has announced that Simon Mercep will leave the Morning Report in April when Geoff Robinson, the co-host on the show, retires. And according to a Herald report, the empty seats left at the Morning Report by the imminent departure of the two hosts will be filled by Auckland-based Guyon Espiner and, if speculation is to be trusted, Wellington journalist Susie Ferguson, who has previously filled in on the show.
Playing some Christmas catch-up for the first instalment of Movings/Shakings for 2014, with changes at Cadbury, Radio New Zealand, Radio Hauraki, Skinny Mobile, Rapp, Flossie, Photoplay and Fonterra.
...as TBWA\ makes a couple more significant hires; Radio New Zealand splits up its Morning Report hosts; Clemenger Group continues to nurture youngsters after its inaugural Graduate Programme proved a success; Carat hunts for a new general manager; another old hand joins The Pond's freelance ranks; Mango adds a trio to its events team; and the Ministry of Economic Development signs up an event advisor.