I like both John Campbell and Duncan Garner so I can see myself flicking between them on the bus ride home over the next few weeks before I figure out who I prefer. Duncan's radio show gives a nice lead-in to Story, but my gut feeling is that Story will be gone by the end of the year because the ratings aren't going to be enough to cover the enormous cost of producing it.
It has been apparent for a while now that the future of overseas sourced entertainment content is on streaming services, but the future of domestic news and current affairs is only just starting to become clear. The new format for Checkpoint, the simulcasts between TV3 and Radio Live, the demise of 3D and the upcoming launch of Newshub are signs of what's to come.
Gavin Ellis (former Herald editor) discussed his predictions for NZ media over the coming year on his RNZ slot yesterday; this included a suggestion that TV3 would continue its move away from news/current affairs (no surprises there - those twits at the top Weldon and Christie are doing a great job of neutering TV3!), including reducing the weekday 6pm news to 30 minutes followed immediately by Story at 6.30, leading into some banal (my word!) entertainment show at 7pm.
I'd agree with Ellis that such a reduction in the length of the news isn't necessarily a bad thing - I find it quite tedious to sit through an hour of TV news (and virtually never watch the news this reason), and rather elect to get my news from RNZ and newspapers (online and physical).