Craig Campbell quits The Project
Exclusive: Executive Producer departs 10 news show and moves to new role at Roving Enterprises.
EXCLUSIVE: Craig Campbell has quit as executive producer of The Project after 11 years at the helm.
He has been on leave since February due to rheumatoid arthritis and chronic pain, but today sent a note to staff.
“Since I have been away, I have been trying to find a reasonable balance between my work and my health, something that a bunch of health professionals have pointed out I don’t have,” he wrote.
“As I get older (I turned 60 two weeks ago) I have been thinking how I can structure my life in a way that will enable me to still do what I love (make TV) but maintain my health (less stress).
“So… it is with a great deal of pride that I would like to announce that Chris Bendall will become the Executive Producer of the Project.
“Chris has been with the company for over 9 years and is the most qualified human I could possibly think of for the job. I am delighted he has agreed to take the reins to enable me the time to develop other ideas and projects, free of the grind of a daily show.
“You are in an exceptionally safe pair of hands.”
Campbell created the show for 10 in 2009, after the network constantly struggled with the timeslot, steering the show as executive producer for over a decade.
In that time The Project has become one of the most important features of the 10 schedule, winning Gold Logies for presenters, breaking news stories and most importantly, delivering demographic viewers to the primetime schedule.
He will now move to a new role, Head of Television at Roving Enterprises.
Beverley McGarvey, Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President, ViacomCBS Australia and New Zealand said: “Craig Campbell is one of the most versatile, creative, dedicated and passionate people I have had the pleasure of working with.
“Since the beginning, The Project has supported and created public debate, educated and entertained and helped lead many important conversations which have encouraged profound and necessary change.
“I would like to thank Craig for his many contributions and wish him the very best as he embarks on his new role of Head of Television at Roving, which will afford him the time to develop new ideas and projects. I for one, can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.
“I am delighted that Chris Bendall has accepted the role of Executive Producer of The Project.
“Chris has been with the show for more than nine years and has been an integral senior member of the production team. His dedication, experience and editorial instinct is outstanding.
“It’s this skillset, combined with Chris’ strong leadership skills that will ensure we continue to deliver news differently, as only The Project can.”
Campbell said, “As for my stress levels, it means I won’t be tied to the office with the day-to-day hustle of putting the show to air, I will have time to think, reflect and help the Project keep its edge, and have the headspace to look at the broadcast landscape and see what else Roving can do.”