Public relations company director and former television journalist Cathy Campbell has died. She was suffering from a brain tumour.

Campbell began her career in radio broadcasting before she moved to TVNZ in 1986 to be the health reporter and to front live netball coverage.

In 1989, she became the first woman to anchor a New Zealand sports show when she took the post of presenter on Sportsnight.

She is survived by her husband, TV producer Ric Salizzo, and son Carlo.