Final show for Chris Laidlaw. Next year: Wallace Chapman, commercial-free

Chris Laidlaw presented his last Sunday Morning programme from the Wellington studios of Radio New Zealand this morning.

His successor is to be Wallace Chapman, who has been presenting a competing Sunday morning programme from the Auckland studios of RadioLive. His last Radio Live Sunday show was also broadcast this morning. Over-loaded with commercials. And with a much smaller audience.

Chapman has previously been a breakfast host at Auckland’s 95bFM and KiwiFM. He was presenter of the TVNZ7 pub politics show ‘Back Benches’, now on Prime, and is well-known as a public speaker and facilitator, moderating the Smart Talk series at the Auckland Museum – a panel discussion which has also been broadcast on Radio New Zealand.

The change of host may mean a change of city for the popular Radio New Zealand national Sunday Morning programme – as Chapman lives in Auckland, will he be broadcasting from there?

Radio New Zealand Networks Presentation Manager, John Howson, says the appointment provides an opportunity to review the programme format and to explore options for new content.

Wallace Chapman takes up the role early in the New Year and says he is excited by the challenge and honoured to be part of the team: “I have long been a fan of Sunday Morning so the opportunity to host the show represents a dream realized. Chris Laidlaw’s shoes are big shoes to fill, and Radio New Zealand is a powerhouse of quality broadcasting in this country, so I am honoured to be a part of the line-up for 2014 and beyond.”

He will also, no doubt, be relieved to be hosting a programme which isn’t constantly interrupted by hyper-level commercials. (The Mad Butcher’s bargain prices were being shouted out on this morning’s RadioLive show.)

Chris Laidlaw has presented Sunday Morning on Radio New Zealand National for more than a decade. He announced his decision to retire following recent local body elections when he was elected to both the Greater Wellington Regional Council and the Capital and Coast District Health Board.

Sunday Morning on Radio New Zealand National has an audience of more than 200,000 people.


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