the grill

Sunday Star-Times - Sunday Magazine - - SPONSORED CONTENT - Pho­to­graph by Monique Ford / Words by Britt Mann

If John Camp­bell’s driv­e­time ra­dio slot is af­fec­tion­ately re­ferred to as Cook­ing With John, Corin Dann’s Sun­day morn­ing po­lit­i­cal show could be Cof­fees With Corin.

Dann, who ear­lier this year swapped his job as TVNZ’s po­lit­i­cal edi­tor to present Q&A, is not the kind of in­ter­viewer to slam his fist on the ta­ble. In­stead, he views his Sun­day morn­ing gig as a in­vi­ta­tion for view­ers to get up, grab a cuppa, and join the con­ver­sa­tion.

While his po­lit­i­cal edi­tor job was all about ef­fi­ciency – dis­till­ing com­plex is­sues into sound­bites for view­ers who’d had a long day – Dann’s Q&A role re­quires an in-depth un­der­stand­ing of tone.

“Some­times you re­ally need to push some­body if they aren’t giv­ing you the an­swers, or they’re de­lib­er­ately evad­ing im­por­tant ques­tions that are in the pub­lic in­ter­est and you’ve re­ally got to go af­ter them,” he says.

“But not al­ways. There are other in­ter­views where it’s about in­for­ma­tion, try­ing to get to that ker­nel of truth.”

Ahead of Q&A’s re­turn to TVNZ 1 af­ter the Com­mon­wealth Games, Dann sat­is­fied our own quest for truth by tak­ing our Sun­day Grill.

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