GEMMA’S new role
Gemma McCaw admits she made a few mistakes reading the sports news in her latest foray into television.
But MediaWorks has hinted she could be back, following her stint replacing Mark Richardson on the AM Show.
The broadcaster has left the door open to the former Black Stick, whose other big debut this year will be motherhood.
She’s expecting her first child with husband, two-time Rugby World Cup-winning former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw.
McCaw surprised viewers when she appeared in Richardson’s seat and read the sports news for the breakfast TV show.
The former Black Cap returns from leave this week.
McCaw told the Herald on Sunday she had really enjoyed the experience and was grateful for the opportunity to step out of her comfort zone and try something new.
The auto-cue proved the most nerve-inducing part of the gig, but she had lots of support.
“I was lucky to be guided by Duncan, Amanda and the team, and they gave me some great tips and advice.”
A MediaWorks spokeswoman said McCaw had been an audience winner for the AM Show.
“With her warm and charming personality, Gemma has been a wonderful addition to the AM Show this week and her expertise on health and wellbeing has added to the discussion on the show during Mental Health Awareness Week.”
It wasn’t the first dip into broadcasting for 28-year-old McCaw. In January she was seen, microphone in hand, interviewing ASB Classic tennis players for SKY Sport.
She had also previously been involved in the coverage of the Hockey World League Finals.
AM Show crew Gemma McCaw (left), Duncan Garner and Amanda Gillies.