Producers Announced for Checkpoint with John Campbell

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.

TV3: Future of Campbell Live is not in any doubt

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.

– MediaWorks

KidsCan and Campbell Live join forces for Lunchbox Day

This Friday, 28 September, is Lunchbox Day, a Campbell Live initiative to provide school lunches for children in low decile primary schools, by raising funds for Kids Can.

Lunchbox Day has grown out of Campbell Live’s ongoing investigation into the issue of child poverty in New Zealand and its social and economic impacts.

The aim of the day is to provide timely, practical help to the children in decile one to four schools, who are currently going hungry during the school day. Fundraising includes grass-roots activity around the country and direct donations to Cure Kids. Donors can also give $3 (the cost of a healthy school lunch) to Kids Can by texting LUNCH to 8595.

John Campbell says the programme has been inundated with messages of support and offers of help.

“Child poverty is complex issue, but the one thing we all agree on is that the children themselves are not to blame and that in everyone’s long term interests, something has to be done about this.”

From Riverton to Northland, schools, businesses and other groups have taken up the challenge and are running community events; from school discos and mufti days, to sausage sizzles and wacky hair days, to a bake sale at the Ohakea Air Base, a black and red day in Christchurch, to a business leaders’ lunch.

Friday’s Campbell Live programme will feature as many of these activities as possible, with journalists reporting from around the country. Viewers are invited to join the conversation at and by using the #lunchboxday on Twitter.

The Campbell Live Lunchbox Day special screens at 7pm, Friday 28 September on TV3.

How to donate:

· KidsCan Charitable Trust: ASB BANK 12 3026 0348180 03

· Text LUNCH to 8595 for an automatic $3 donation to “shout a child lunch”. The $3 text line will be open for a month, and 100% of the proceeds go to KidsCan.

– Mediaworks