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Paul Norris: On the changing face of TV news and current affairs…

Posted on 14 February 2014

Journalist and academic Paul Norris had a major role in changing the landscape of television news and current affairs in New Zealand. He cut his teeth with the BBC, but moved back to New Zealand to run TVNZ’s News and Current Affairs division in 1987. In that role, he revamped the evening news on TV One, and launched the Holmes show in 1989. Norris left TVNZ in 1996 to head the New Zealand Broadcasting School in Christchurch. Norris died in February 2014. This interview was published in March 2013. 

In this ScreenTalk, Norris talks about:

  • How a British election set off his career in journalism
  • Being lured back to be Head of News and Current Affairs at TVNZ
  • The changes brought about by former head of TVNZ Julian Mounter
  • Bringing together Richard Long and Judy Bailey on the evening news
  • Being criticised for introducing American consultants for the show
  • How the Holmes show changed the TV current affairs landscape
  • The truth behind the Dennis Conner interview
  • Wanting to tell the story behind radical political changes in the 80s, in documentary series Revolution
  • Reinventing himself as an academic as Head of the NZ Broadcasting School
  • Feeling that TV current affairs is in a rather dire state at the moment
  • Changing the landscape of broadcasting

This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.

 
 

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one news, current affairs, holmes, news, journalist, bbc, broadcasting school, academic, television news, tvnz, paul norris

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Roger Gascoigne: The man with the golden smile (and that wink)

Posted on 19 November 2012

Roger Gascoigne was at one stage the most famous man on New Zealand television. He began his TV career as a continuity announcer and introduced his infamous wink to the nation. He went on to present a huge range of TV shows in the 70s and 80s including Ready to Roll, Top Town and several Telethons. During the 80s he made the transition to news presenting on regional show Today Tonight. In this ScreenTalk, Gascoigne talks about:

  • Becoming the face of television
  • How ‘the wink’ became an institution
  • Getting excited about music videos in the early days of Ready to Roll
  • Revamping the midnight to dawn slot on Telethon
  • Ruining a valuable piece of equipment on Top Town
  • Fearing for his life while being mobbed on the show
  • Changing the focus of his career by hosting Today Tonight
  • Acting a role similar to his real persona in Peppermint Twist
  • How the arrival of Holmes led to him leaving television
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.

 
 

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Screentalk, tv, today tonight, peppermint twist, Ready to Roll, top town, interview, television, holmes, Roger Gascoigne, telethons

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Jim Mora: Wonderdogs, rolling Rs, Mucking In, and more…

Posted on 17 July 2012

Radio and TV host Jim Mora began his career reporting for regional news show The South Tonight. From there, he moved on to One News and then joined Holmes when it debuted in 1989. Over the years Mora became a household name voicing and presenting popular shows including Tux Wonderdogs, Maggie’s Garden Show and the long-running Mucking In. Mora was also involved with the creation of animated TV shows Massey Ferguson and Stains Down Drains, and is the host of the afternoon show on Radio New Zealand National. In this ScreenTalk, Mora talks about:

  • Being daunted by his first piece to camera on The South Tonight
  • Finding reporting on Holmes a demanding role
  • Still not knowing if the Dennis Conner walk-off on the show was pre-planned
  • How the premise of Tux Wonderdogs must have seemed odd to TVNZ commissioners
  • Rolling a huge letter ‘R’ down the main street of Gore in the doco New Zild
  • Wondering if there would be enough good sorts for the long-running show Mucking In
  • How the gardens got more elaborate and expensive as the years went by
  • Always feeling there’s more to achieve with his broadcasting career
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.

 
 

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interview, host, radio, Screentalk, jim mora, tv, the south tonight, one news, holmes, tux wonderdogs, maggie's garden show, mucking in, massey ferguson, stains down drains, new zild

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