2 Feb 2017

Willie Jackson signs off after 10 years at Radio Live

7:05 pm on 2 February 2017

Broadcaster Willie Jackson is hanging up his microphone and signing off after 10 years at Radio Live, but is not yet ready to confirm his future plans.

Willie Jackson

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

Mr Jackson has also stepped away from a role as presenter of current affairs show Pākiwaha on Radio Wātea.

Last year he farewelled his television role on TV One's Marae programme.

He told RNZ News he would not yet comment on his future moves, amid rumours he was looking to head back to the Beehive in a political role.

His daytime Radio Live show - originally co-presented with his friend John Tamihere - was controversial at times.

In 2013 the duo ran into hot water during the 'Roast Busters' scandal and were taken off air, after comments they made to a woman who said she was raped as a 14-year-old.

"I regret any hurt caused and apologised where I can," said Mr Jackson today.

His next co-host was broadcaster Ali Mau, who he said had become a good friend.

Mr Jackson - who is Ngāti Maniaptoo and Ngāti Porou - is one of few Māori broadcasters with a mainstream audience, and he said he was proud to have brought different views and voices to the airwaves.

He said he had been really pleased with the relationship he had forged between the Māori radio network, Te Whakaruruhau and Radio New Zealand, but worried the Māori voice was not being heard enough.

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