John Campbell has given an emotional farewell to Checkpoint staff on his final show as host this evening.
The award winning broadcaster and journalist is moving to TVNZ from Monday next week and made sure to give tribute to his RNZ colleagues before departing.
"I wanted to end by thanking the team in the room around me here who have worked so hard and given such a damn about a programme it’s been my immense good fortune to host.
"I can't thank you enough, God it's been a pleasure and a privilege and I'll miss you all," Campbell said with emotion.
In his new role at TVNZ Campbell will work across 1 NEWS programmes and platforms and will be given a roving brief.
Campbell says he’s looking forward to his new role, which will see him split his time in and out of the studio.
"After 20 years of sitting in a studio five nights a week, I’m really excited by the prospect of spending more time in the field," he says.
"I love getting out, meeting people and sharing their stories. I can’t wait to get to work."
Campbell will file for news and longer pieces for the Sunday programme. He is also likely to step in to present Tonight, Breakfast, Seven Sharp, Sunday, Q+A and 1 NEWS.