GEMMA’S new role

Herald on Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - Cherie Howie

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.

Photo / Sup­plied

AM Show crew Gemma McCaw (left), Dun­can Gar­ner and Amanda Gil­lies.

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