Veteran broadcaster Bill McCarthy was the popular face of TV news and sport in the 1970s. Starting as a sports anchor, he later moved to primetime news-reading, and then became a producer on the classical music series Opus, as well as one-off big event television such as the 1987 Rugby World Cup and Telethon. In later years, McCarthy has produced host broadcasts for the 2004 and 2008 Olympics and become involved with Christian broadcaster Shine TV.
In this ScreenTalk, McCarthy talks about:
- Having to learn on the job in the early days of NZBC news
- How the 1974 Commonwealth Games changed broadcasting
- Being initially reluctant to read the news on TV One
- Why he didn’t really like hosting Top Town
- Moving to producing with the classical music show Opus
- Having his greatest experience ever filming the yachting documentary Two Boats Two Dreams
- The stress and satisfaction of producing the 1987 Rugby World Cup
- The chaos of producing Telethon
- Having one of the most varied careers in television
This video was first uploaded on July 14 2014 and is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.
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.