I meant to post on Sean Plunket’s last day with Morning report last week but better late than never I suppose.
Plunket is one of those rare things in the media – an interviewer who can cut through the well polished lines and get a politician to say something they didn’t want to. And that style coupled with the medium format interviews that Morning Report offers lent itself to some of the greatest moments of radio in recent times.
Who could forget, for example, the time Winston Peters rang in out of the blue and ended up in an impromptu pugilistic interview?
And I’ll certainly miss the classic line he’d use just about weekly: “minister X has refused to comment, if you’re listening minister we’d love to talk to you.” Of course you know they were always listening.
I’m not sure whether his new work across print, talkback and TV will offer the same opportunities for him to play to his strengths but I certainly hope it does and I’ll be a more regular viewer of The Nation now than I have been.
One thing’s for sure though, whoever replaces him will have a hard act to follow.