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Michael Noel James "Mike" Hosking IV (born 1965) is a self-declared right-wing New Zealand television and radio broadcaster. He currently works as the weekly Breakfast host on radio station Newstalk ZB and as a co-host of Seven Sharp.
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 commercial network 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.
In 1989, Hosking married Marie Angela Hosking, and, in June 2001, she gave birth to twins Ruby and Bella. They parted in August 2002. In 2003, they were involved in a court case against women's magazine New Idea, involving photos taken by tabloid journalist Jonathan Marshall in December 2002 of Marie and her two daughters.
In 2009, he married fellow broadcaster Kate Hawkesby. She has 3 children from her previous marriage
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."
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. 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".
In 2013, he was the master of ceremonies at Prime Minister John Key's state of the nation speech, which he also endorsed. Hosking is a climate change skeptic, stating on Seven Sharp that he doesn't believe in the IPCC report.
In 2015, Hosking was accused of overt political bias by NZ First leader Winston Peters and Labour leader Andrew Little, a claim strongly denied by Hosking and Prime Minister John Key.