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Peter Williams: Veteran sportscaster and newsreader...

Posted on 20 January 2015

Peter Williams has had a long and distinguished career as a sports broadcaster and newsreader. He began his broadcasting career in radio while still in his teens, then joined TVNZ as a sports reporter and commentator in 1979. He went on to present major events such as the Olympic Games and the Rugby World Cup. Since the 90s Williams has read the news on TV ONE’s Breakfast, and on primetime weekend bulletins.

In this ScreenTalk, Williams talks about:

  • Being very nervous for his first live studio broadcast
  • The stresses of putting together weekend show One World of Sport
  • Interviewing Kiri Te Kanawa for A New Zealand Night at Covent Garden
  • The unsophisticated yet ground-breaking coverage of the 1987 Rugby World Cup
  • Being involved in sports quiz show A Question of Sport
  • Preferring the early morning shift of reading the news on Breakfast
  • Working with the mercurial broadcaster Paul Henry
  • The daily grind of covering the Commonwealth and Olympic games
  • Getting the tone right when hosting the Pike River Remembrance
  • Seeing himself as a competent but not exceptional broadcaster

This video was first uploaded on the 20th of January 2015 and is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.

 
 

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peter williams, broadcaster, tvnz, sports, rugby world cup, tv one, breakfast, paul henry, commonwealth, olympic games, pike river remembrance, 1987, kiri te kanawa, one world of sport, studio, weekend bulletins

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Phillip Leishman: on four decades of TV presenting…

Posted on 20 December 2012

Broadcaster Phillip Leishman has had one of the longest and most successful TV presenting careers in New Zealand. He began presenting sports news and events in the 1970s, and has hosted major live events such as the Olympics and test rugby. Leishman also helmed long-running game show Wheel of Fortune, and, more recently, the internationally-syndicated Golf Show. In this ScreenTalk, Leishman talks about:

  • Becoming Glyn Tucker’s ‘little shadow’ on Turf Talk
  • How tech problems led to him commentating on the 1976 Olympic Games
  • The difficulties of covering the 1981 Springbok Tour
  • Loving the pace of production on Wheel of Fortune
  • Initially failing to notice David Tua’s infamous ‘O for awesome’ moment
  • Hosting the last televised Miss New Zealand contest
  • Missing the cool atmosphere of Weekend
  • Why The Golf Show has been his favourite gig
  • Traveling the world having a good time on Air New Zealand Holiday
  • Being proud of his 41 years on air

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

 
 

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interview, presenter, host, wheel of fortune, presenting, the golf show, olympics, olympic games, david tua, o for awesome, o for orsum, weekend, air new zealand holiday, phillip leishman, springbok tour, screentalk

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