Pass on your best wishes to Brendan Telfer and his family

TVNZ has set up a message board for people to pass on their best wishes to Brendan Telfer and his family. The veteran broadcaster is in an induced coma in Wellington’s Intensive care where he’s being treated for a cranial aneurism.

His sudden collapse has prompted a flurry of tributes and get well messages from sports greats, media colleagues and Telfer fans from right around the country.

People wanting to write a note to the Telfer’s can post it on the message board at tvnz.co.nz (below the news story that updates Brendan’s condition).

Or click on this link

“Brendan Telfer has been an integral part of TVNZ Sport during his 33 year broadcasting career, commentating Netball and almost every Commonwealth and Olympic Games since 1976. The moving public tributes are testament to how highly regarded Brendan is as a broadcaster and a person. We wish him a fast and full recovery and wish Jan and the boys the very best at this distressing time”, said head of TVNZ Sport, Murray Needham.

John Rowles Exits Dancing With The Stars

Statement from John Rowles:

“Under medical advice, I have decided to withdraw from Dancing With The Stars.

I am suffering from exhaustion, and am unable to continue with the demands of rehearsing for and appearing on Dancing With The Stars. I have been advised to rest.

I would like to thank the viewers who voted for me in the first few weeks, and to thank Krystal for all the hard work she put into training me and choreographing our dances.”

Statement from TVNZ Head of Television Jeff Latch:

“John Rowles has decided to leave Dancing With The Stars. We are sad to see him go, as he is a New Zealand entertainment icon, who struck a chord with viewers and who has been a talented and entertaining contestant.

We would love him to stay, but we totally understand and respect his decision to leave the show. We wish him well.

John will not appear in tomorrow night’s show, and due to John’s withdrawal, there will be no elimination this week.

The voting lines for John have been closed. The money raised from votes already cast for John and Krystal will go to his chosen charity, Project Hope.

Votes for the remaining couples will accumulate and be counted towards next week’s elimination (Tuesday 21 March).”

Holmes, Espiner and Arseneau front new TV One show.

TV ONE’s new Sunday morning political show, Q & A will be presented by TVNZ’s political editor, Guyon Espiner; political analyst, Therese Arseneau and the country’s most popular broadcaster, Paul Holmes.

The programme is being produced by TVNZ News and Current Affairs and replaces Agenda.

“Q & A is a fresh new format that will challenge and engage viewers and appeal to an audience that is interested in politics and how the decisions made in Wellington affect us all”, says TVNZ’s Head of News and Current Affairs, Anthony Flannery.

The hour long programme will be LIVE and feature a flagship political interview with Guyon Espiner, a long form interview with people involved in the political life of NZ conducted by Paul Holmes and a panel debate moderated by Canterbury University Political Scientist, Therese Arseneau.

“The panel will include high profile kiwis from all sectors – industry, community, business, welfare, unions, religion, education, charity – basically the people who are actively involved in New Zealand and make decisions that influence our lives rather than sideline commentators or observers”.

Agenda was funded through until the end of June 2009, that pool of money has been transferred to TVNZ to make ‘Q & A’.

Q & A has secured the country’s leading political producer, Maryanne Ahern to work on the show which goes to air on the 22nd of March and features a live online component that viewers can participate in.

“We’re committed to high quality compelling and challenging political television that will become part of the Sunday morning routine for people who are interested in the issues that drive the country and affect our every day lives”.

Carly reveals more than the mornings headlines on Sunrise

This morning TV3’s Sunrise host Carly Flynn stunned her audience with a dress viewers are unlikely to forget in a hurry. The Forget-Me-Not dress was designed by Jenny Gillies and was worn by Carly who was broadcasting like from the Ellerslie Flower show in Christchurch.

Video below: