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.