Newsreader Philip Sherry
Newsreader Philip Sherry

'A terrific civil servant': Tom Bradley, Mary-Jane Tomasi mourn Philip Sherry

Peter Williams 19/07/2021

LISTEN: Philip Sherry was one of New Zealand's finest broadcasters, his former colleagues have reflected.

Sherry died after a short illness aged 87, a statement from his family on Sunday night revealed.

Sherry spent decades as a newsreader in both television and radio news, presenting bulletins for NZBC and TVNZ and he was the first newsreader on TV3 when it launched in 1989.

Reflecting on his life, broadcaster Tom Bradley - who co-hosted alongside Sherry on News at Ten, said he was a great man.

"He was just the consummate professional. A very funny man, for those of us who knew him off-screen. A warm man and a terrific civil servant who really liked to give back to the community," Bradley told Magic Talk.

There was absolutely nothing not to like about Philip Sherry.

Magic Talk Mornings host Peter Williams, who is a former TVNZ news anchor, said Sherry was one of life's gentlemen.

"I grew up watching Philip Sherry reading the news on TV. It was a different time - when the news was essentially about the facts, and not much more. A time when subjective and emotive terms were kept from the scripts," he said.

"Philip Sherry was many things but he was unique in this respect. I think I’m correct in saying he was the only man to present regular prime time news on TV1, TV2 and TV3."

MediaWorks newsreader Mary-Jane Tomasi said Sherry was her mentor and a "lovely man".

"I worked with him in the late 80s in the ZB newsroom, I was a very young newsreader and he took me under his wing."

"He didn't judge people. He loved young people, he loved his craft and loved helping," Tomasi told Magic Talk.

Listen to the full interviews with Tom Bradley and Mary-Jane Tomasi above.

Magic Talk.