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Judy Bailey: Newsreader extraordinaire...

Posted on 22 December 2014

Judy Bailey is sometimes referred to as the 'Mother of the Nation' thanks to 17 years as newsreader on TV One’s 6pm news bulletin. She began as a TV/radio reporter for the NZBC, before co-hosting the regional magazine show Top Half with John Hawkesby. In 1986 Bailey began her newsreading career on the Network News with Neil Billington, and a year later partnered with Richard Long. In 2004 she took on the role solo before leaving TVNZ a year later. In subsequent years Bailey has hosted a number of other shows, including the Māori Television Anzac Day Coverage and her travel show Judy Bailey’s Australia.

In this ScreenTalk, Bailey talks about:

  • Creating stories for both TV and radio during her early days at NZBC news
  • Having to create her own sound effects for a story
  • Feeling blessed working with John Hawkesby on Top Half
  • The challenges of live television when things went wrong
  • Coping with 24 hours of live television on Telethon
  • Being hated for replacing Philip Sherry as newsreader on One News
  • Having an amazing on air partnership with Richard Long
  • The embarrassment of being parodied by comedian Rima Te Wiata
  • The stress of having to read the news on her own
  • Being forced out of her role at TVNZ 
  • Presenting Māori Television’s coverage of ANZAC Day
  • Enjoying hosting travel show Judy Bailey’s Australia
  • Being grateful for all she has learned from people in her career

This video was first uploaded on the 22nd of December 2014 and is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.

 
 

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judy bailey, mother of the nation, tv one, tv, network news, newsreader, presenter, john hawkesby, richard long, anzac day, nzbc, one news, judy bailey’s australia, tvnz, rima te wiata, top half, philip sherry, phillip sherry, telethon, parody, satire, impersonation, travel, maori television, māori television, news reader, presenting

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Jennie Goodwin: Pioneering female broadcaster...

Posted on 15 December 2014

Popular radio and television personality Jennie Goodwin (aka Jennie Forder) became the first woman in the Commonwealth to read a primetime news bulletin. Beginning as a continuity announcer on TV1, Goodwin moved to the fledgling TV2/SPTV channel in 1975 and read the news on the channel’s Two at Seven bulletin until 1982.

In this ScreenTalk, Goodwin talks about:

  • How having a photographic memory helped in her pre-autocue continuity announcing days
  • Being trained to annunciate perfectly in BBC style
  • Having to wear heavy theatrical makeup in the days of black and white
  • Being used as model for the change over to colour television
  • The excitement and challenge of reading the news on the new TV2
  • Not letting the fact she was the first woman newsreader in the Commonwealth go to her head
  • Having to remain detached from the emotion of the Erebus disaster when reading news about it
  • The reason she left TVNZ twice
  • Newsreading becoming more relaxed in the modern era
  • The joy of returning to read the news on Breakfast

This video was first uploaded on the 15th of December 2014 and is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.

 
 

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jennie goodwin, tv1, broadcaster, two at seven, news, tvnz, presenter, network news, newsreader, tv2, radio, jennie forder, jenny goodwin, jennie forder nee goodwin, erebus, newsreading, news reader, pronunciation, flight 901

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Katrina Hobbs: Forging a career on both sides of the Tasman...

Posted on 10 November 2014

Katrina Hobbs is a TV presenter and actor who has had roles in New Zealand, Australia and even Russia. She kicked off her screen career as a teen hero in The Boy from Andromeda and a young wife in the war film Absent Without Leave. Since then she has appeared in a large number of TV shows such as Shortland Street, Marlin Bay, Cover Story and Willy Nilly. As well as acting, she has presented factual shows including More than Sport, Destination Ski New Zealand and Russia Today

 

In this ScreenTalk, Hobbs talks about: 

  • Getting good advice from her producer mother Aileen O’Sullivan about her first role in The Boy from Andromeda
  • Studying hard to gain experience for her next role in Absent Without Leave
  • Relishing playing her first ‘adult’ character in Marlin Bay
  • Being thrown by the pace of production on Shortland Street
  • Having a baptism of fire in a lead role on Home and Away
  • Feeling frustrated by playing a matronly doctor on the soap
  • How a character with schizophrenia challenged her in Cover Story
  • Enjoying the camaraderie on the set of Willy Nilly
  • Playing the dodgy neighbour on Rake 
  • Really appreciating having a career on both sides of the Tasman 

 

This video was first uploaded on the 7th of November 2014 and is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.

 
 

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katrina hobbs, tv, presenter, shortland street, home and away, absent without leave, cover story, australia, russia

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Bill McCarthy: Sports anchor, turned newsreader, turned producer …

Posted on 14 July 2014

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.

 
 

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bill mccarthy, presenter, anchor, sports, newsreader, opus, classical, music, telethon, rugby world cup, olympics, shine tv, christian, nzbc, top town, two boats two dreams

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Shavaughn Ruakere: The leap of faith from TV presenting to acting...

Posted on 16 December 2013

Shavaughn Ruakere began her career as a presenter on kids TV show What Now?. Later she graduated to presenting on music channel C4, after a stint co-presenting UK morning show SM:TV. Since then Ruakere has made the switch to acting, and appeared in a number of shows including The Jaquie Brown Diaries and Legend of the Seeker. She is currently starring in Shortland Street as core cast member Roimata Ngatai. In this ScreenTalk, Ruakere talks about:

  • Being scared by going on live TV for What Now?
  • Not being shy about being a ‘dick’ on a kids show
  • Witnessing two experienced actors ‘ad-libbing’ on the set of River Queen
  • Managing to avoid doing a nude scene in the film
  • How presenting on C4 showed a more mature side of herself
  • Wearing leather and high heels for Legend of the Seeker
  • How her role on Shortland Street pulled her out of a slump
  • The similarities and differences between her and her character Roimata
  • Coping with the time restraints and pace of shooting on the show
  • Loving working with George Henare and the rest of her on-camera family
  • How ‘being someone else’ on set helps her overcome doubt

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

 
 

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interview, actor, presenter, what now?, shortland street, legend of the seeker, the jaquie brown diaries, river queen, screentalk, shavaughn ruakere

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Phil Keoghan

Posted on 18 February 2013

New Zealander Phil Keoghan has become an internationally-known TV host thanks to his role on Emmy-winning American reality series The Amazing Race. Keoghan began his career as a TVNZ cameraman before moving into presenting on kids show Spot On. He hosted a number of TV shows in New Zealand, such as That's Fairly Interesting, 3:45 LIVE! and Ya Hoo. Keoghan moved to the USA in the 1990s, where he began to get broadcasting work, eventually landing the coveted role as host of The Amazing Race. Keoghan has also produced and presented other international shows including No Opportunity Wasted, After the Climb, and Keoghan’s Heroes.

In this ScreenTalk, Keoghan talks about:

  • Loving the chance to perform on the kids show Spot On
  • How That's Fairly Interesting helped hone his story-telling skills
  • Being mentored by fellow presenter Mark Leishman
  • Learning to cope with live TV on 3:45 LIVE!
  • An embarrassing moment with Milli Vanilli on set
  • Fighting with actor Kevin Smith on Gloss
  • How his kiwi accent lost him the presenter’s role on Survivor
  • Faking an American accent to host The Amazing Race
  • Believing the show opens up world culture to an American audience
  • The challenges of making 'feel good' series No Opportunity Wasted
  • How his documentary The Ride has become his favourite ever TV project
  • Being proud of the show earning $1 million for multiple sclerosis

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

 
 

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the ride, gloss, screentalk, interview, phil keoghan, the amazing race, presenter, that, 3:45 live!, spot on, no opportunity wasted

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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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Stu Dennison: Giving the thumbs up to kids TV…

Posted on 27 November 2012

Stu Dennison was a much-loved TV presenter in the 1970s who introduced the ‘naughty schoolboy’ and thumbs up to a generation of Kiwi kids on the show Nice One Stu. He went on to host a range of TV shows, often as sidekick to popular TV host Roger Gascoigne. After Dennison ended his on-air career, he re-invented himself as a sports producer at TVNZ. In this ScreenTalk, Dennison talks about:

  • Being the ‘everyman’ on Ready to Roll
  • Creating the outrageous persona on Nice One Stu
  • Becoming famous by being controversial
  • How a spontaneous ‘thumbs up’ became his signature gesture
  • Winding up the prim and proper Roger Gascoigne on Top Town
  • Getting a pie in the face on Telethon
  • Enjoying the mix of live entertainment and skits on How’s That
  • Moving from presenting to editing and producing sports
  • Carrying the torch at the Beijing Olympics

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

 
 

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interview, television, presenter, tv, top town, stu dennison, nice one stu, telethon, ready to roll, screentalk

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Mark Leishman: Television, dogs and longevity…

Posted on 9 October 2012

Long-time television and radio host Mark Leishman began his TV career as a continuity announcer, and then moved on to the regional news show Today Tonight. Over the years, Leishman has appeared on a number of hit shows including Top Town, That’s Fairly Interesting and Tux Wonderdogs. As well as presenting, he has also directed documentaries such as A Friend For Life and Kohi: A Guide For Life. In this ScreenTalk, Leishman talks about:

  • Getting a chance to read the news and create stories on Today Tonight
  • Taking over the reins on Top Town
  • How budgets and health and safety regulations weren’t an issue
  • A future All Black becoming ultra competitive
  • Joining a youthful Phil Keoghan hosting That’s Fairly Interesting
  • Missing out on some great footage when directing the Peter Blake Bi-Centennial Race Around Australia
  • Making Tux Wonderdogs a hit
  • Jim Mora’s scripts and voice bringing personality to the show
  • Creating a series of documentaries on guide dogs
  • Pitting celebrities against a young genius on The Great NZ Spelling Bee
  • Feeling fortunate to have had a good long run on TV
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.

 
 

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interview, television, presenter, host, Screentalk, tv, tux wonderdogs, Mark Leishman, today tonight, top town, that’s fairly interesting, a friend for life, kohi a guide for life, The Great NZ Spelling Bee

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Olly Ohlson: Keeping cool 'til after school…

Posted on 3 October 2012

Olly Ohlson inspired a generation of kids on the daily show After School. His legendary catch-phrase “Keep cool 'til after school” is still remembered long after the show ended. He is credited with introducing both Te Reo and sign language to our TV screens. In this ScreenTalk, Ohlson talks about:

  • Having fun playing the guitar and singing songs on Cgull
  • Enjoying performing on the sets of Woolly Hills and Woolly Manor
  • Becoming an older role model for kids on After School
  • Wanting the show to be a tool for education
  • The origin of the show’s famous catch-phrase
  • Introducing sign language to television
  • Controversy over using Te Reo greetings
  • Having a fabulous time returning to TV on Bumble
  • Believing the ‘personableness’ of TV presenting has disappeared

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

 
 

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interview, te reo, presenter, after school, olly ohlson, keep it cool till after school, sign language, screentalk

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