Joe Cote

Reporter, Presenter

Canadian Joe Cote was travelling the world on his OE when love led him to New Zealand in 1965. He landed a job at the NZ Broadcasting Corporation soon after; initially he wasn't allowed on air because of his accent. In 1970 Cote moved into TV, presenting current affairs show The South Tonight. He also worked on Gallery and Inquiry. Cote became the inaugural presenter for National Radio's Morning Report in 1975. 

The biggest adjustment I'll have to make is resisting the urge to wake myself up at four every morning. That still hurts. I've been doing it for 27 years. Joe Cote on working in breakfast radio, Toronto Star, 2 September 1992