TVNZ presenter Matty McLean will be leaving the state-owned broadcaster after 16 years, to take up a new hosting duty with The Hits.

McLean began his career with TVNZ in 2007, making his way from the newsroom’s assignments desk to Breakfast, 1News, 20/20 and Seven Sharp.

With teary eyes, McLean announced the news on Breakfast on Monday morning, saying he had the happiest seven years as a host on Breakfast.

“I’m very sad to be leaving the team, who I adore,” he said.

“You’ve still got me for another month until our last show for the year. But before then, thank you for embracing me, for encouraging me and for giving me the happiest seven years of my life.”


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