Radio New Zealand host Simon Mercep to leave broadcaster

The host of Radio New Zealand's well-known Afternoons show, Simon Mercep, is leaving.

The move was announced this morning and Mr Mercep's last day with the programme would be Friday.

He was planning on taking time off before announcing his future plans.

Radio New Zealand chief executive Paul Thompson said Mr Mercep was a highly-valued and well-liked broadcaster.

Simon was the first journalist to present Morning Report permanently from Auckland.

"His professionalism and calm, reasoned journalism has been an asset to the Radio New Zealand stable,' Mr Thompson said.

Mr Mercep has presented both the Afternoons show and Morning Report, as well as working for Fair Go and Sunday.

Radio New Zealand host Simon Mercep is leaving the programme. Source: 1 NEWS