Holmes vs Wood
Tonight, the current affairs war begins between Prime TV and TVNZ as Paul Holmes launches his new show in the 7:00pm slot opposite his protege, Susan Wood. The numbers are on the up for Prime and before Paul Holmes returns to prime time telly, TVNZ's Close Up @ 7 has plummeted 31 per cent in the desired 25-54 age group compared with 2004, while Prime's ratings at 7 have lifted. In an interview in the Weekend Herald Paul Holmes said "Hogan's Heroes is doing about 80,000 viewers a night" and "You'd have to hope that you could score better than Hogan's Heroes, don't you?".
To make matters worse for TVNZ, long-time TVNZ employee Hunter Wells confirmed he had resigned on Friday as executive producer for personal reasons. According to the NZ Herald, industry sources suggested Mr Wells was forced to resign because of poor ratings - an allegation he denied - and that he was suffering from stress.
Furthermore, the Weekend Herald interview asks about not feeling "appreciated" by TVNZ.
'For some time before he left, he says, he had not felt appreciated at what the new Prime duo of Holmes and Alison Mau call the Deathstar. As he says, "in our game you might have to operate on the edge, take risks and put yourself there for scrutiny, you need 100 per cent loyalty behind you. I certainly did not feel that - and hadn't had for two years". '