Mike Hosking

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Mike Hosking
Born Michael Noel James Hosking IV
(1965-01-24) 24 January 1965 (age 52)
Nationality New Zealand
Occupation Broadcaster, Television producer

Michael Noel James "Mike" Hosking IV[1] (born 1965) is a New Zealand television and radio broadcaster. He currently works as the weekday breakfast host on radio station Newstalk ZB and as a co-host of Seven Sharp.

Hosking has expressed highly right-wing views, repeatedly supporting the NZ National party and criticizing the Labour party.[2] He has lived and worked as a broadcaster in Wellington, Christchurch and currently, Auckland.


Hosking's early career was in radio, working on the Radio New Zealand (he continues to work for Radio New Zealand network to this day) in the early 1990s hosting The Tonight Show nationwide, with a music and talkback format. He then went on to co-host Morning Report on National Radio with Geoff Robinson. Hosking first joined TVNZ in 1997, when it began its Breakfast show. He was then axed from the show in 2004. He made his return to television in 2008 when he filled in on TVNZ's Close Up programme. He hosted the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? New Zealand, which began in September 2008 on TV ONE. In 2014, he and Toni Street joined Jesse Mulligan on the Seven Sharp panel for the show's second season.

Personal life

In 1989, Hosking married Marie Angela Hosking,[3] and, in June 2001, she gave birth to twins Ruby and Bella.[3][4] They parted in August 2002.[3] In 2003, they were involved in a court case against women's magazine New Idea, involving photos taken by tabloid journalist Jonathan Marshall[5] in December 2002 of Marie and her two daughters.[3]

In 2012 married fellow broadcaster Kate Hawkesby.[4] She has 3 children from her previous marriage[6]

Politics and business interests

In an interview with North & South in 1990, Hosking described himself as "a money person, I’m a capitalist. I’m to the right of Roger Douglas."[7]

In 2012, Hosking was revealed to have received $48,000 in payments and perks from SkyCity Auckland Casino for doing regular work for them, while still working as presenter for TVNZ.[8] During controversy over proposed taxpayer subsidies for Sky City building a national convention centre, Hosking wrote in defence of the subsidy, describing the convention centre as an "aspirational investment".[9]

In 2013, he was the master of ceremonies at Prime Minister John Key's state of the nation speech, which he also endorsed.[10] Hosking is a climate change skeptic, stating on Seven Sharp that he doesn't believe in the IPCC report.[11]

In 2015, Hosking was accused of overt political bias by NZ First leader Winston Peters and Labour leader Andrew Little,[12] a claim strongly denied by Hosking and Prime Minister John Key.[13][14]

During the 2017 election campaign, Hosking was appointed moderator of one of the televised leader debates, and was again accused of political bias by much of the New Zealand public. This led to a petition for his replacement being widely circulated, and collecting over 75,000 signatures. Debate host and organizers TVNZ responded that it would not placate the petition signers, and affirmed that it will keep him on as moderator.[15]

See also


  1. ^ "Episode 187". Seven Sharp. Season 2. Auckland. 21 October 2014. TVNZ. 
  2. ^ Bamber, Shaun. "Mike Hosking's political leanings - in his own words". Stuff. Stuff. Retrieved 18 November 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d "High Court of New Zealand hearing between Mike Hosking and Marie Hosking, and Simon Runting, Pacific Magazines NZ Ltd., ACP Media Ltd., and the Commonwealth Press Union". ucc.ie. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Media couple: 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms but we need more". The New Zealand Herald. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  5. ^ Roger Maynard (2012-10-14). "From enfant terrible to media darling". New Zealand Herald. 
  6. ^ Eriksen, Alanah (2013-06-26). "Media couple: 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms but we need more". New Zealand Herald. 
  7. ^ Wilson, Tim (May 1990). "Tonight's the night : Mike Hosking radio's rising star". North & South. 
  8. ^ Kathryn Powley (2012-04-01). "Celeb cash, perks worth $50K a year". New Zealand Herald. 
  9. ^ Mike Hosking (2015-02-11). "Mike's Editorial: The Old Renovator's Curse". Newstalk ZB. 
  10. ^ John Drinnan (2013-02-01). "Hosking plugs car and Key". New Zealand Herald. 
  11. ^ "Seven Sharp". TV One. 1 April 2014. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2014. [at 22:46] Bad news. I’m afraid the IPCC – the International Panel on Climate Change – has issued its latest report. It’s 2,600 pages long and spans 32 volumes. But I can sum it up for you. Ah, we’re stuffed. The seas are rising, the storms are coming, the locusts are close, we are going to climatic hell in a handcart. That’s of course, if you believe them. Which, as it turns out, I don’t. 
  12. ^ Jo Moir (2015-08-17). "John Key dismisses opposition leaders accusing Mike Hosking of 'political bias'". Waikato Times. 
  13. ^ Katie Kenny (2015-08-27). "Hosking's reply 'pathetic', Peters says". Stuff.co.nz. 
  14. ^ Jo Moir (2015-08-18). "Mike Hosking responds to opposition leaders' criticisms of political bias". stuff.co.nz. 
  15. ^ Petition from 76,000 not enough to remove Mike Hosking as TVNZ debate moderator 
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