John Campbell joins TVNZ

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Publish Date
Thursday, 13 April 2017, 8:23AM

John Campbell is joining Nigel Latta to front a live TVNZ show that will examine a potential future apocalypse.

TVNZ confirmed the popular presenter and former Campbell Live front man would co-present What Next? - a new show attempting to forecast the future - with Latta.

"The new TVNZ series asks New Zealand how we could look in 20 years' time, and what role we should take now in shaping 2037," a press release issued this morning said.

"A group of forward-thinking Kiwis will ask the big question: is the world heading towards the apocalypse or a better, brighter future for all of us?

"This is New Zealand's chance to say what we want for ourselves and look at where we're headed versus where we want to be."

An on-air date is yet to be announced for the multi-platform show, which has received funding by NZ on Air and will air over five consecutive nights on TVNZ 1.

It will tackle issues relating to the environment, the economy, technology and social issues.

Campbell told Barry on Breakfast this morning it was "nice to be back" on TV.

"This is a good project - it's a Nigel Latta driven project, and I'm a big fan of Nigel's work, I think he's fantastic, and these are questions we need to answer," Campbell told Barry.

"The intention of this programme is to have a big picture discussion about what we want for our future".

Campbell, who left Campbell Live and Mediaworks after the long-running show's axing in 2015, says he's "delighted" to be part of the show.

"To achieve the future we want, we need to make decisions that will create a country we're proud to pass down to the people who follow us," he said.

"This is a discussion with New Zealanders for New Zealanders and I'm delighted to be a part of it."

Campbell fronts the weekday afternoon show Checkpoint on Radio New Zealand.

Latta has fronted a lengthy list of topical investigative shows, including Mind Over Money with Nigel Latta and The Hard Stuff with Nigel Latta.

Other participants include social entrepreneur Derek Handley, Chief Executive of the McGuinness Institute Wendy McGuinness, indigenous social entrepreneur Shay Wright, tech innovator Frances Valintine, and Sacha McMeeking, co-founder of Tū Māia.

The show will run from Sunday to Thursday.