Petra Bagust and Corin Dann have been confirmed to co-host TV ONE’s Breakfast programme when it returns next year.
The announcement was made this morning when the pair joined Pippa Wetzell and Peter Williams on-air during Breakfast’s Christmas Special – the last show for Pippa and final programme of the year.
Pippa began co-hosting Breakfast with Paul Henry in 2007 – they quickly became one of the most successful presenter combinations on New Zealand television.
“Pippa is an outstanding talent, and a wonderful person,” said TVNZ Head of News and Current Affairs Anthony Flannery.
“She’s a world class broadcaster and one of the most popular television presenters in the country. I’m enormously grateful for her commitment to Breakfast, the programme’s hundreds of thousands of viewers and TVNZ.
“I know she’s a great Mum, as well as a great broadcaster, and wish her the best for the birth of her third child.”
Flannery believes the pairing of Petra (38) and Corin (36) has great potential.
“Their skills and backgrounds are vastly different but very complementary – the ingredients for making great television are definitely there.
“Petra is one of the most versatile and experienced television broadcasters in the country and she’s sensational at live, unscripted television.
Bagust has presented a diverse range of television from live music and youth lifestyle to travel and real estate shows, talent searches, charity boxing bouts, Telethon, Christmas in the Park and, most recently, a factual documentary series.
Corin is an experienced and respected journalist. Before joining TVNZ he had a long career in radio including spells reporting sport, economics and five years as a political reporter covering two general elections in the Parliamentary Press Gallery. He was also an occasional presenter on Radio New Zealand’s flagship programme Morning Report.
Dann has presented Breakfast Business on TVNZ since 2007.
Away from television Petra and Corin are both married with 3 children of primary and pre-school ages.
Breakfast returns with Corin and Petra hosting, Tamati Coffey doing weather and Peter Williams presenting News from Monday 17 January.
Former Fair Go Editor, Graeme Muir has been appointed as the programme’s new Executive Producer and will reveal some new features and content for the show in the New Year.