NZME has announced that broadcaster, city councillor and iwi leader James Daniels is to join Simon Barnett to co-host Newstalk ZB Afternoons from 13 July.
Daniels says: “Being offered this opportunity to be a full-time host nationwide on the biggest radio network in New Zealand is unexpected and extraordinary.”
He will replace Phil Gifford, who is leaving Newstalk ZB Afternoons after two years co-hosting the show with Barnett.
Barnett says: “When we launched the show, I couldn’t have wished for a better partner than Phil to get things up and running. He’s a true mate and has been an absolute rock.”
Daniels brings extensive experience in corporate and community leadership and governance alongside his broadcasting background to support the network producers’ plans to steadily evolve the show for listeners.
“For the last four decades I’ve worked with and represented communities I’ve lived in, which has given me a very clear sense of what really matters to people, the things they care about, want to be heard on and want to talk about. There’s no better place to have those conversations with Kiwis than Newstalk ZB Afternoons.”
Barnett says: “Both being Christchurch based broadcasters for so many years, James and I know each other well. But, in all the years we’ve had on air we’ve always worked on opposing networks. Now, to not only be on the same network, but to be hosting a show together, it’s going to be a real treat for me and ZB’s listeners.”
Daniels, who currently hosts nine to noon in Canterbury on Coast 105.7FM, will continue to host Canterbury Mornings on Coast then go nationwide with Barnett on Newstalk ZB Afternoons.
Newstalk ZB Afternoons with Simon Barnett and James Daniels, Tuesdays to Fridays 12pm – 4pm from 13 July.