In the wake of speculation surrounding today’s Close Up announcement, MediaWorks wishes to make the following statement.
The future of flagship current affairs programme Campbell Live is not in any doubt.
MediaWorks TV is committed to intelligent, relevant daily current affairs, is proud of the achievements of Campbell Live, and is 100% behind host John Campbell, executive producer Pip Keane, and the Campbell Live team.
2012 has been a particularly strong year for Campbell Live with the show leading the way on many of the most important stories and interviews of the year, from exclusive interviews with Kim Dotcom and Macsyna King to the groundbreaking Crafar Farms investigation.
This success is reflected in Campbell Live being a finalist in an impressive line-up of categories at the upcoming New Zealand Television Awards, including:
Best Current Affairs Series
Best News or Current Affairs Presenter (John Campbell)
Investigation of the Year (John Campbell and Pip Keane)
And two finalist places in Best Current Affairs Reporting for a Daily Programme (Tristram Clayton, John Campbell)
Campbell Live has a strong, loyal viewership, and is popular with advertisers. In the key 25-54 demographic, the programme has been consistently closing the gap on Close Up over the last few years, and has held its ground throughout 2012, while its competitor shed viewers.