John Campbell leaves RNZ to join TVNZ

John Campbell leaves RNZ to join TVNZ
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RNZ has announced John Campbell will be leaving his multi-platform show Checkpoint to take on a new role with TVNZ. 

The broadcaster says he's looking for a change after "20 years of being live-to-air in a studio every weeknight, presenting well over 4,500 programmes".

Campbell has been with RNZ since 2015, after he finished up a 10-year-long stint presenting current affairs show Campbell Live on Three. 

Previously, he was the weekday newsreader on 3 News alongside Carol Hirschfeld. 

TVNZ says Campbell's new role will see him file for news and longer pieces for the Sunday programme, and he will likely step in across other programmes and platforms, too.

"TVNZ want me to do some presenting, yes," Campbell said of his new job. 

"But more importantly, for me, they're asking me to spend much more time in the field.

"I love getting out, meeting people and sharing their stories," Campbell told TVNZ. 

"I can't wait to get to work."

John Gillespie, head of news and current affairs at the state broadcaster, says Campbell is excited to be back on television. 

"It's where he's in his element," Gillespie said in a statement. 

"In the field and in the studio, we'll be showcasing John's extraordinary range and versatility on a big canvas." 

Campbell took to Twitter to thank the public for their support, and acknowledge his RNZ colleagues. 

His show Checkpoint will continue to broadcast under a new presenter, RNZ says. He is expected to join TVNZ in late September.