Broadcaster and former journalist John MacDonald has been appointed by Newstalk ZB to host the Newstalk ZB Canterbury Mornings show.
MacDonald has a long association with broadcasting, having spent time on-air with Newstalk ZB and Radio New Zealand and having previously worked for the BBC in London.
Despite leaving the media to pursue a career in communications, MacDonald has kept an active interest in broadcasting and journalism, returning to guest host on the Newstalk ZB Canterbury Mornings show in April this year. He’s also been filling in on the popular show since June 14.
MacDonald will be joined by producer Jess Davidson. Another local, Davidson has broad media experience in live radio and television production, presenting, journalism and podcasting.
NZME Head of Talk Jason Winstanley says: “Both John and Jess are accomplished broadcasters. Being Christchurch locals they’re very well-tuned to the issues that really get under the skin of Cantabs.
“John led the recent debate over the Christchurch City Council’s decision to reduce the capacity of the new stadium. It gave our Christchurch community the opportunity to voice their concerns from a position of understanding on a platform that we know has the attention of local leaders.”
MacDonald says the role fulfils a long-held ambition to make a full-time return to radio.
“I just love it. The immediacy, the conversation, the personal nature of it. Being local means Canterbury Mornings can get right into the thick of things that get our communities talking.
“It’s perfect having the Newstalk ZB and New Zealand Herald news teams just outside the studio window too. When it comes to covering local breaking news – you simply will not beat local radio.”
MacDonald also has a deep understanding of and connections to the Christchurch and Canterbury commercial sector.