Phillip Sherry

Iconic former newsreader and professional Master of Ceremonies
Iconic former newsreader and professional Master of Ceremonies

Philip Sherry first became a public name and voice in 1960 when he joined the New Zealand Broadcasting Service as a continuity announcer. Two years later he was an original radio newsreader and, when television began in 1963, he joined John Roberts, David Clark and Brian Hudson as the country's first news frontmen. The young Sherry then shot off overseas, working for commercial radio in Vancouver, Dutch World Service in Hilverson and the "obligatory" time with the BBC in London. Returning from overseas, Mr Sherry based himself in Wellington and read the South Pacific Television news in tandem with Tom Bradley who was based in Auckland. Philip was also part of the start-up crew for National Radio's Morning Report in 1975. "I started work at 5am for radio and would be reading the television news at 9pm. It was a longish day but very disciplined." A year later he Sherry moved to Auckland to front the television news with Tom Bradley and he also presented Eye Witness News. It was a high profile stint that lasted until 1990. Two years later, he followed his new dream by becoming a first term councillor for the North Shore City Council and Takapuna Community Board. Then he represented North Shore for three terms on the Auckland Regional Council (ARC), finishing six years later as deputy chairman last month. His final year in Auckland was punctuated by the huge public outcry over a big hike in rates. He later moved to Tauranga and was been involved in local government there for a number of years.