Two respected senior journalists have been appointed to lead the Auckland-based production team for RNZ’s new multi-media programme, Checkpoint with John Campbell.
Pip Keane will take up the role of executive editor and Catherine Walbridge will rejoin RNZ as the show’s deputy editor.
Checkpoint with John Campbell will be a 90 minute news and current affairs programme, starting on January 18 next year. The audio visual programme will be broadcast on radio and stream live on-line.
Keane has worked as an executive producer for the past 15 years on radio and television. She headed the production teams for the Paul Holmes show at TVNZ, Sky and
Prime and produced the Marcus Lush Breakfast programme at Radio Live. She is also the former executive producer of Campbell Live.
Walbridge was previously the executive producer of RNZ’s Nine to Noon with Kathryn Ryan for more than four years. She has worked in Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand as an editor, business journalist and producer at Reuters, the South China Morning Post and most recently at TV3’s The Nation.
“To have two such high calibre producers bringing their skills to the new Checkpoint is a huge boost for the programme and RNZ,” said Head of Content Carol Hirschfeld. Both take up their new positions in mid-December. Several other production roles on the programme are still under consideration.