After an article was published yesterday by the NZ Herald claiming that the future of Campbell Live might be Jono and Ben at
ten seven, MediaWorks has been on the defensive.
Like many good fictions, the Herald’s article was based in truth, enough that MediaWorks had to acknowledge that the future of the programme was under review, not enough that Jono and Ben was ever under consideration as replacements.
However, the Herald article had the desired effect of stirring up a storm. A petition launched using the hash tag #SaveCampbellLive gathered over 20,000 signatures overnight.
MediaWorks’ statement follows.
MediaWorks confirms Campbell Live review
MediaWorks’ senior management is undertaking a review of Campbell Live.
Led by Mark Jennings, Group Head of News, the review of Campbell Live comes as part of the broader review of the MediaWorks business by the MediaWorks executive.
Mark Jennings says: “Campbell Live is one of the mainstays of New Zealand media and has been at the forefront of New Zealand’s news and current affairs landscape for a decade. John Campbell and Campbell Live have won every award possible, broken some of the most important stories of the decade, repeatedly been voted most popular current affairs presenter and programme, and made a real difference to Kiwis’ lives.
“Viewer expectations in 2015 are quite different from those of 2005 and we need to constantly review our programming to ensure we are meeting those expectations.”
MediaWorks notes the review is being undertaken to improve commercial performance of the 7pm TV3 time-slot in a changing television market. It is not a reflection on the quality of the programme, or the work of John Campbell or any of the journalists or producers in the Campbell Live team.
No specific timeframe can be given for the review Jennings says, but a period of consultation with all staff who work on Campbell Live has now commenced.