Michael Noel James Hosking IV[1] is a New Zealand television and radio broadcaster who has worked for Radio New Zealand and TVNZ and from 2008 has been the weekday breakfast host on Newstalk ZB with "The Mike Hosking Breakfast". He is a supporter of the centre-right National party and is often openly critical of the Labour-led government.[2] He has lived and worked as a broadcaster in Wellington, Christchurch and currently resides in Auckland.

Mike Hosking
NationalityNew Zealand
Occupation(s)Broadcaster, television producer

The Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) has received several complaints against Hosking. In 2016 Andrew Judd, the Mayor of New Plymouth, was unsuccessful with his complaint that Hosking's comments related to a local issue were racist, but in 2017, a complaint by the Māori Party alleging he made misleading comments about who was eligible to enroll in Māori electorates was successful. During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the BSA also upheld a complaint that Hosking's comments about death rates for Coronavirus breached the Radio Code of Broadcasting Practice.

Early life edit

Hosking grew up in Christchurch, living in the suburbs of St Albans, Mairehau and Linwood, and attending St Albans Primary School, Mairehau Primary School and Linwood High School.[3][4]

Career edit

After leaving school at 16, Hosking wrote to Radio Avon and Radio Windy looking for work, and gained a job as a copywriter at Radio Windy.[3]

In November 2020 he was named one of the best dressed men in show business on David Hartnell MNZM's Best Dressed List.[5]

Personal life edit

In 1989, Hosking married Marie Angela Hosking,[6] and, in June 2001, she gave birth to twins Ruby and Bella.[6][7] They parted in August 2002.[6] In 2003, they were involved in a court case against Pacific Magazines, that involved photos taken by tabloid journalist Simon Runting[8] in December 2002 of Marie and her two daughters.[6] The case in question Hosking v Runting lead to the creation of the tort of privacy in New Zealand common law.[9]

In 2012, Hosking married fellow broadcaster Kate Hawkesby.[7] She has three children from her previous marriage.[10]

Politics and business interests edit

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."[11]

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.[12] 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".[13]

In 2013, he was the master of ceremonies at Prime Minister John Key's state of the nation speech, which he also endorsed.[14] Hosking rejects the scientific consensus on climate change, stating on Seven Sharp that he doesn't believe in the IPCC report.[15]

In 2015, Hosking was accused of overt political bias by NZ First leader Winston Peters and Labour leader Andrew Little,[16] a claim strongly denied by Hosking and Prime Minister John Key.[17][18]

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 organisers TVNZ responded that it would not placate the petition signers, and affirmed that it will keep him on as moderator.[19]

Hosking is opposed to Māori wards.[20]

Controversy edit

In 2016 the Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) received complaints about comments by Hosking critical of New Plymouth Mayor Andrew Judd who resigned from office following abuse Judd received for proposing a Māori ward on the local district council. Complaints referred to racism implicit in Hosking's remarks.[21] The BSA did not uphold the complaints, noting that the Seven Sharp presenters regularly give their opinion on issues, and the outspoken and opinionated presenting style of Mr Hosking is well known to viewers. The BSA believed that overall Mr Judd was not unfairly treated and his comments balanced Hosking's view.[22]

On 23 August 2017, a month before New Zealand's general Parliamentary election, Hosking asserted that only those enrolled in a Māori electorate were able to vote for the Māori Party. He said “…you can’t vote for the Māori Party because you’re not enrolled in the Māori electorate”. Members of the Māori Party and the general public criticised his statement as being misleading.[23] The Māori Party lodged formal complaints with broadcaster TVNZ and the Electoral Commission over Hosking's comments.[24]

Hosking made further comment the following night saying, “The fact that anyone can vote for [the Māori Party] as a list party I automatically assumed we all knew given we have been doing this for 20 years… and it went without saying. So hopefully that clears all of that up.”

The Māori Party complaint was referred to the Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) which upheld the complaint. The BSA ruled Hosking breached its accuracy standard when he said to his co-presenter, "…you can't vote for the Māori Party because you're not enrolled in the Māori electorate". The comment was made on 23 August, just under a month out from the 2017 general election. The BSA found Hosking's comment could have misled voters. The BSA found that the potential harm caused by this broadcast, in leaving viewers misinformed about their ability to vote for the Māori Party, outweighed the broadcaster's right to freedom of expression. The BSA consider that Mr Hosking's statement during broadcast on 23 August 2017 was inaccurate and misleading, and that the clarification subsequently provided was confusing and insufficient to correct the inaccuracy. This was an important issue, particularly during the election period, and had the potential to significantly affect voters’ understanding of the Māori roll and of New Zealand's electoral system.[25]

The results of the 2017 general election saw the Māori Party lose its electorate seat. It also failed to meet or exceed the five percent voting threshold needed for election and the Party lost its representation in Parliament.[26]

Coronavirus pandemic edit

On 6 April 2020, Hosking made comments about COVID-19 death rates, stating that deaths were much the same as during the flu season two years ago and claimed that "almost everybody in Italy said to have died of Covid-19 had in fact died 'with the virus' – but not 'of it'."[27] A complaint about his comments was made to the Broadcasting Standards Authority.[28][29] It was upheld and the ruling, recorded on 14 September 2020, summarised that "Mr Hosking’s comments about people with underlying health conditions and Italy’s death-rate statistics breached the accuracy and discrimination and denigration standards of the Radio Code of Broadcasting Practice".[30] The BSA noted that "Mr Hosking did not consider or acknowledge the possibility that [these people] may have died a lot sooner than they might otherwise have, due to contracting Covid-19,” [and that] "the broadcast had the potential to mislead listeners about the facts behind Mr Hosking’s relatively strong views critiquing the Government’s measures to manage the impact of Covid-19.”[31]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Douglas, Peter (29 August 2016). "Hosking Week: A public apology from the guy whose dad invented Mike Hosking". The Spinoff. Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  2. ^ Bamber, Shaun. "Mike Hosking's political leanings – in his own words". Stuff. Stuff. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b Matthews, Philip (10 January 2009). "On the mike". The Press.
  4. ^ "Mike Hosking: Kids not walking to school just proves we've gone soft". The New Zealand Herald. 2 July 2018. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  5. ^ "The best dressed Kiwis list is out, who makes the cut?". Stuff.co.nz. 22 November 2020. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ a b "Media couple: 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms but we need more". The New Zealand Herald. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Lorde pushes back against being papped". Stuff. 10 May 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2021.
  9. ^ Hosking v Runting [2005] 1 NZLR 1 at [45]-[49] and [108]-[116].
  10. ^ Eriksen, Alanah (26 June 2013). "Media couple: 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms but we need more". New Zealand Herald.
  11. ^ Wilson, Tim (May 1990). "Tonight's the night : Mike Hosking radio's rising star". North & South.
  12. ^ Kathryn Powley (1 April 2012). "Celeb cash, perks worth $50K a year". New Zealand Herald.
  13. ^ Mike Hosking (11 February 2015). "Mike's Editorial: The Old Renovator's Curse". Newstalk ZB.
  14. ^ John Drinnan (1 February 2013). "Hosking plugs car and Key". New Zealand Herald.
  15. ^ "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.
  16. ^ Jo Moir (17 August 2015). "John Key dismisses opposition leaders accusing Mike Hosking of 'political bias'". Waikato Times.
  17. ^ Katie Kenny (27 August 2015). "Hosking's reply 'pathetic', Peters says". Stuff.co.nz.
  18. ^ Jo Moir (18 August 2015). "Mike Hosking responds to opposition leaders' criticisms of political bias". stuff.co.nz.
  19. ^ Petition from 76,000 not enough to remove Mike Hosking as TVNZ debate moderator
  20. ^ Hosking, Mike (21 May 2018). "Mike Hosking: Good riddance to Māori ward nonsense". The New Zealand Herald. Archived from the original on 9 November 2020. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  21. ^ Colin Peacock (30 October 2016), Controversial comments cleared – but condemned, RadioNZ
  22. ^ Peter Radich, Chair Broadcasting Standards Authority (19 October 2016), Hayward and Television New Zealand Ltd – 2016-040B (19 October 2016), BSA
  23. ^ Jo Moir (24 August 2017), Mike Hosking says he 'confused' the Māori Party by saying only Māori could vote for them, stuff.co.nz
  24. ^ Jane Patterson (24 August 2017), Māori Party want Hosking dumped as debate moderator, RadioNZ
  25. ^ Peter Radich, Chair Broadcasting Standards Authority (18 December 2017). "McCaughan and Television New Zealand Ltd – 2017-083 (18 December 2017)". BSA.
  26. ^ "New Zealand 2017 General Election – Official Results".
  27. ^ Peacock, Colin (20 September 2020). "Watchdog runs the numbers on Covid death claims". RNZ. MediaWatchNZ. Retrieved 20 September 2020.
  28. ^ Broadcasting Standards Authority. "Broadcasting Standards Authority – Te Mana Whanonga Kaipāho". Manatu Taonga Ministry for Culture & Heritage. Retrieved 20 September 2020.
  29. ^ "Broadcasting complaint upheld against Mike Hosking". NZ Herald. Retrieved 31 October 2020.
  30. ^ BSA Decisions. "BURNE-FIELD AND NZME RADIO LTD – 2020-040 (14 SEPTEMBER 2020)". Broadcasting Standards Authority TE MANA WHANONG KAIPAHO. Retrieved 20 September 2020.
  31. ^ Stuff (15 September 2020). "Mike Hosking's comments about Italy's coronavirus deaths misleading: BSA". Stuff. Retrieved 20 September 2020.