John Campbell joins Radio New Zealand

  • 06/08/2015
John Campbell (Getty)
John Campbell (Getty)

Former television journalist John Campbell is to return to Radio New Zealand, where he will work on a late afternoon news and current affairs show.

The 51-year-old's Campbell Live show was axed by TV3 in May after 10 years, prompting speculation he would return to his former employer.

On Thursday, the state-owned broadcaster confirmed Campbell would be part of a 5-7pm multimedia show and it hoped he would drag some new listeners with him.

Current drive-time Checkpoint host Mary Wilson has been promoted to a news management role and her fellow host Jim Mora will focus on presenting The Panel, says chief executive Paul Thompson.

Campbell's show, starting in September, will be broadcast from Auckland.

"He will also be working to help enhance RNZ's story-telling via streamed video and podcast," Thompson said.

Campbell's first journalism job was with RNZ in 1989.

He praised its commitment to journalism that questioned, illuminated, celebrated and held to account.

"My job is to hold to those core values, to continue that commitment to the highest quality journalism, but also to expand our reach beyond the confines of radio and into a world I could only have dreamed of when I began as a journalist.