Hilary Barry in tears over John Campbell's departure

TV3 newsreader Hilary Barry has broken down in tears on air over the departure of her long-time colleague John Campbell.

MediaWorks announced this afternoon that the Campbell Live host had resigned from the company, rather than take a job as co-presenter of a redesigned 7pm current affairs show.

Ms Barry became emotional after watching a news story on her colleague's departure.

As she tried to read the next item, she choked up. "I think Mike might have to read this one," she said, referring to her co-anchor Mike McRoberts.

She left the studio, but returned later in the broadcast.

Campbell later used the final segment of his show to confirm it wouldn't be his final broadcast on TV3.

He thanked the audience for the surge in his show's ratings in the six weeks since it was announced that it was under review.

"You made the effort to watch us and in doing so you made our team feel very grateful and very proud."

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