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“To mark its first 25 years, TVNZ commissioned independent producer Ian Mackersey to chronicle a day in its life as the national broadcaster. Coverage is split between the often extreme lengths (and heights) gone to by technicians maintaining coverage, and the work of programme makers — including the casts and crews of McPhail and Gadsby and Country GP. The real drama is in the news studio during the 6.30 bulletin (with light relief from the switchboard) in this intriguing glance back at a pre-digital, two channel TV age during the infancy of computers.” NZ on Screen;; 23/12/2014

Scenes include:
Napier based TVNZ engineers repairing a remote television generator.
David McPhail and Jon Gadsby preparing for their sketch show.
Filming of the series COUNTRY GP.
News editors programmers sorting through stories for the evening news.
Reporters, including Bill Ralston, questioning Robert Muldoon.
Riggers climbing the Mt Kaukau transmitter to replace corroded TV2 aerial units.
News and sports crews in the field filming stories, editors cutting film and live broadcast teams at work at Avalon.
Philip Sherry and Angela D’Audney preparing for and reading the nightly news in studios in Wellington and Auckland.

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Year 1985

Reference number F54860

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image


Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Television

Duration 1:39:46

Production company Ian MacKersey Productions, BCNZ

Viewing locations Digital file available to view at medialibrary, Wellington

Credits Writer: Ian MacKersey
Producer: Ian MacKersey
Director: Ian MacKersey
Photography: Waynne Williams
Film Editor: Bill Henderson
Location Sound: Mike Fitzgerald
Sound Mix: John Cathcart
Research: Caroline MacKersey
Production Assistant: Caroline MacKersey

Related Link Watch NETWORK NEW ZEALAND at NZ on Screen

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