TV Host Barred from Sky City Coverage

After announcing his celebrity endorsement deal with SkyCity Casinos, Mike Hosking has been barred from covering stories about the casino operator and its venues. TVNZ believes his new deal with the casino will be a conflict of interest when reporting on stories that concern the brand, and he will no longer be able to take on this sort of coverage.

Hosking is host of TVNZ’s program, Close Up, which covers a wide range of issues that are important to New Zealand residents. In several episodes, he has covered the topic of gambling and has adopted an anti-gambling stance on the matter.

As part of Hosking’s deal with Sky City, he often assumes the role of the Master of Ceremonies at the brand’s big events. According to reports, the money he earns from his deal with Sky City could be worth tens of thousands of dollars per year. He did not realize it would be a conflict of interest when he made the deal, as he states he is only at the television station a few times per week.

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