Radio NZ’s Morning Report will become infinitely more approachable and listenable with the replacement of Guyon Espiner for the affable and straight shooting Corin Dann.
I’ve always been a fan of Dann’s interview style, he’s incredibly informative, always respectful but refuses to accept glib or weak answers without demanding a justification.
With Guyon, you could hear the dripping contempt he felt for anyone without a Mensa membership. You always woke up feeling like you’d already started the day by deeply offending him.
Dann’s move means Jack Tame picks up Q+A while St John Campbell moves into Breakfast.
It makes for a formidable and powerful current affairs line up.
If Jack can turn Q+A into a place where real late night political argument can occur, then he could make it a ratings bonanza.
JC returning to Breakfast is the cherished hope of everyone who hated seeing him go at TV3, and his immense broadcasting talent means The AM Show have to do something very different to hold audience share.
As news from social media gets regularly denigrated with the same derision as smoking in cars with babies, the large broadcasters are starting to steer back towards journalism rather than light weight pap.
This is a good thing.