Broadcaster and columnist Jesse Mulligan is to join the Afternoons programme on Radio New Zealand National as its new host.
"We're thrilled that Jesse is joining us," said Head of Radio John Howson. "He has done a great job filling in on Afternoons in the past and listeners can look forward to his invigorating fresh approach."
Jesse Mulligan started out in student radio while completing his law degree at Waikato University and spent 10 years as a commercial radio breakfast host in Wellington and Auckland.
He writes for a number of national publications as a columnist and restaurant reviewer, has worked in television as a writer, producer and presenter, and has had a stint in public relations - working in a London agency and later in corporate communications in New Zealand.
"I'm was very excited to be joining the incredible line-up on Radio New Zealand National, and am looking forward to bringing a new perspective to the Afternoons slot, while upholding the excellent traditions of New Zealand's favourite radio station."
Mulligan replaces former host Simon Mercep who had hosted the show since April last year.
He will start as the permanent host on Monday 27 July.