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Hilary Barry's replacement announced

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 28/05/2016
Samantha Hayes © Newshub Samantha Hayes

Newshub's late night news presenter Samantha Hayes is set to fill Hilary Barry's shoes on the 6pm news.

Barry resigned from MediaWorks last month after 23 years with the company, and gave her tearful farewell in Friday's bulletin, with co-presenter Mike McRoberts holding back tears of his own.

Hilary Barry © Facebook / Hilary Barry Hilary Barry

Speculation has been rife over who has the experience to fill Barry's spot, but MediaWorks confirmed on Sunday that Hayes will take over from Monday.

Acting head of news Richard Sutherland said Hayes brought a "wealth of experience across news and current affairs".

Hayes has worked at TV3 since she was 17 in a variety of roles, but most recently as both a journalist and presenter.

Hilary Barry is leaving considerably big shoes to fill and I’m honoured to build on the trust she has helped create with...

Posted by Samantha Hayes on Saturday, 28 May 2016

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