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Susie Ferguson to join Guyon Espiner on Morning Report

Susie Ferguson to join Guyon Espiner on Morning Report

Susie Ferguson has been appointed as co-host of Radio New Zealand National’s top-rating Morning Report.

Ferguson, 36,will join Guyon Espiner,43, in a new line-up for the programme from April 2.

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 U.K., Susie 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 CEO, Paul Thompson, said: “Susie is an experienced journalist with impeccable credentials. She has a proven record with Radio New Zealand and is well-known to our listeners.

She and Guyon will form a formidable pair on Morning Report."

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. Simon Mercep is to host Afternoons while 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 a quarter of a million New Zealanders tune in to listen to three hours of comprehensive and in-depth coverage of the day’s top news stories. The programme attracts a cume audience of 355,000 according to the latest Nielsen 2013 All New Zealand Radio Survey.

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