9 Apr 2015

The end for Campbell Live?

7:06 pm on 9 April 2015

Mediaworks has confirmed it is reviewing TV3's current affairs show Campbell Live.

John Campbell

John Campbell Photo: TV3 / Facebook

The news comes a fortnight after the show celebrated its tenth anniversary, and Mediaworks says it is reviewing the commercial opportunities of the 7pm time slot on TV3.

The head of news and current affairs Mark Jennings said the review was part of the broader review of the MediaWorks business.

Mr Jennings said it was 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.

The news was met with widespread outrage on social media.

But John Campbell did not have much to say on the matter, only to advise viewers to watch his show tonight.

Despite some reports that the show would be replaced by Jono and Ben, the pair denied any knowledge of this.

Mediaworks justified their decision saying viewer expectations in 2015 were quite different from those of 2005.

A timeframe had not been set but a period of consultation with all staff who work on Campbell Live was now underway.