The Radio Network announced today that award winning journalist and current affairs producer Chris Lynch will replace Mike Yardley on its local Newstalk ZB morning talkback programme in 2013.

Born-and-bred in Christchurch, Lynch started his journalistic career working for Newstalk ZB’s West Coast and Auckland newsrooms and until recently was a producer on TVNZ’s Close Up programme.

“Mike’s departure leaves big shoes to fill,” says Lynch. “However I am thrilled to be given this opportunity and look forward to continuing the work Mike has done covering the significant issues facing Christchurch and representing our community.”

Radio Network Christchurch General Manager Andrew Britt says the appointment was made after an exhaustive search. “We were determined to find a host Canterbury could be proud of while also promoting an emerging talent in talk radio,” he says.

Chris Lynch will start on-air in Christchurch on Monday 14th January.

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