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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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Lana Coc-Kroft: Danger on screen and in real life...

Posted on 14 August 2012

TV presenter Lana Coc-Kroft first rose to prominence by being crowned Miss Universe New Zealand in 1988. Her TV debut was as a model on Sale of the Century before becoming co-host of Wheel of Fortune. Coc-Kroft established herself as an adrenaline junkie on shows such as Mountain Dew On the Edge and Can You Hackett, and showed herself to be the equal of her male colleagues on the long-running Sports Café. While filming reality TV show Celebrity Treasure Island, Coc-Kroft developed a life-threatening illness after being cut by coral. She recovered and went on to host Who Dares Wins. In this ScreenTalk, Coc-Kroft talks about:

  • How Phillip Leishman helped her overcome stage fright on Wheel of Fortune
  • Struggling with her role on the show
  • Jumping from a helicopter for the first episode of Mountain Dew On the Edge
  • Asking the ‘dumb’ question on Sports Café
  • The truth behind giving her phone number out on air
  • Demanding to be fed on the set of Celebrity Treasure Island
  • How getting sick on the show changed the TV industry
  • Feeling insecure on the set of Test the Nation
  • The real reason she thinks she was hired for Who Dares Wins
  • Being inspired by AJ Hackett on the show Can You Hackett
This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.



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