Simon Barnett to depart More FM after 20 years; joining Newstalk ZB
New Zealand radio veteran Simon Barnett has announced he will be retiring from breakfast and music radio at the end of next year.
Over one quarter of a century of breakfast radio has finally led Barnett to call it a day, opting not to renew his contract with More FM and MediaWorks when it expires.
“I just do not have the inclination, desire and passion to keep going beyond the end of 2018,” he stated.
“I find getting up at 4.30am every morning less and less palatable and even though I am quite possibly the world’s most boring person I would like to have a social life again.”
Instead, he will be taking up a non-breakfast position as host on Newstalk ZB.
In terms of addressing why the announcement is being made so early, Barnett explained that it’s in order to “allow MediaWorks the greatest amount of time to find my replacement, which I have no doubt they will do very successfully”.
“Simon is an outstanding broadcaster and we are sorry that we will be losing him,” Group Content Director (Music Radio) Leon Wratt added.
“Simon will be hugely missed when he leaves More FM at the end of next year and on behalf of everyone at MediaWorks, I wish him the very best.”