Sean Plunket

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Sean Plunket at Net Hui 2011

Oliver Sean Plunket (born 9 September 1964) is a New Zealand broadcast journalist.

Early life[edit]

Plunket was born in Christchurch, the son of journalist Patrick Plunket.[1] He was educated at Plimmerton Primary School and Nelson College from 1980 to 1982, where he was a member of the 1st XV rugby union team in 1981 and 1982.[2] He went on to study at the Wellington Polytechnic School of Journalism.[1]

Broadcasting career[edit]

Plunket's early positions in broadcasting and journalism included a brief stint as a copywriter at Radio Windy, five years at Independent Radio News, a short spell as a reporter for Radio New Zealand, three years as a political reporter on TV3, working as a presenter–reporter on TVNZ's Fair Go and Under Investigation programmes, and then further roles at TV3 on 20/20 and as senior political reporter.[1]

From 1997[1] to 2010, he was one of two breakfast hosts of Morning Report between 6 am and 9 am weekdays on Radio New Zealand National.[3] His regular co-host was Geoff Robinson. In 2009, Plunket lost a dispute with his employer, Radio New Zealand, who he took to the Employment Relations Authority.[4] Plunket announced his resignation from Radio New Zealand in June 2010[5] and his last day on Morning Report was 8 September 2010.[3]

From January 2011 to December 2012 he presented Sean Plunket Mornings on the Wellington branch of Newstalk ZB.[6]

From April 2013 to December 2015 Plunket hosted the 9 am–midday weekday slot on Radio Live, taking over from Michael Laws.[7][8] Up until 2014, he wrote a weekly column for The Dominion Post.[9]

In 2017, Plunket became director of communications for The Opportunities Party, which was established by economist Gareth Morgan.[10]

Awards[edit]

Plunket has been a recipient of Qantas Media Awards in radio and television categories, the New Zealand Radio Awards and the 2001 European Union Journalist Award.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Guyon, Espiner (27 September 1997). "The new voice at Morning Report". Evening Post. p. 9.
  2. ^ Nelson College Old Boys' Register, 1856–2006, 6th edition
  3. ^ a b "Sean Plunket: Radio New Zealand National presenter". Radionz.co.nz/. Radio New Zealand. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Sean Plunket loses Radio New Zealand case". Stuff.co.nz. NZPA. 4 November 2009. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  5. ^ Fox, Michael (15 June 2010). "Morning Report host Sean Plunket quits". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  6. ^ Romanos, Joseph (28 September 2012). "Sean Plunket leaves Newstalk ZB". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  7. ^ Drinnan, John (22 March 2013). "Maori funds for The GC". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Mark Sainsbury replaces Sean Plunket at Radio Live". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Sean Plunket columns". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  10. ^ "THE OPPORTUNITIES PARTY LEADER DR GARETH MORGAN WELCOMES PARLIAMENTARY COMMISSIONER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT'S STAND ON FERAL CATS". The Opportunities Party. 1 May 2017. Retrieved 22 November 2017.