End of an Era: Kevin Milne to leave TVNZ

Fair Go’s Kevin Milne is leaving TVNZ when the programme finishes its 2010 season later this year – 40 years after he began his broadcasting career.

Announcing his departure, Kevin said: “Last year, at the age of 60, I chose to give away the reporting side of my Fair Go job, and agreed to front until a new presenting team was well established. That was expected to take a year, and it has.

“I leave TVNZ enormously grateful for the wonderful career it has provided me, to say nothing of so much fun.

“TVNZ has also been very generous in helping me through two periods of ill health.

“I can’t express how lucky I’ve been to have been able to play a major role in Fair Go, one of New Zealand’s most successful and worthwhile TV programmes.

“I wish the team every success in the future. I hope the show goes on helping New Zealanders forever.”

Kevin Milne began his distinguished broadcasting career with the NZBC in 1970.

After a period as a TV news journalist and producer he joined Fair Go in 1984 – the last year it was fronted by Brian Edwards. Kevin took over fronting Fair Go in the mid-nineties.

TVNZ’s head of News and Current Affairs, Anthony Flannery, said Kevin Milne’s huge contribution to both broadcasting and the New Zealand community had earned him his place as one of the best known and most appreciated public figures in the country.

“There are literally generations of New Zealanders who know that when it comes to consumer rights, Kevin Milne is the man.

“There will be many, many individuals, whose battles he took on, who will never forget him and who will always be grateful.

“TVNZ would like to publicly thank Kevin for his commitment, his passion for the cause and for his loyalty over so many years. He has our every good wish.”

Kevin Milne holds the New Zealand Order of Merit for his contribution to broadcasting and the community.

He has won several Qantas Television Awards, including two for Best Presenter News and Current Affairs, most recently last year.

This year, in a Reader’s Digest Poll, he was also voted the second most trusted man in the country after Willie Apiata.

ONE News Hat-trick #QFTA

ONE News has won the Qantas Award for Best News for the third year in a row – the hat-trick is thought to be the first one in NZ television media awards history.

“We’re absolutely rapt. We strive to bring our viewers journalism excellence every day and winning Best News three times in a row really demonstrates our commitment to that,” says TVNZ’s Head of News, Current Affairs and Sport, Anthony Flannery.

To recognise 50 years of television, former TVNZ newsreader Jennie Goodwin was asked to present Best News tonight.

“It was extra special for the ONE News team to go up on stage and pick up the award from one of New Zealand television’s greats and such a class act,” says Flannery.

It was the first time Jennie Goodwin had presented a Qantas Film & Television Award.

“I was honoured to be asked and then delighted to find out TVNZ won, One News has done a superb job and their win tonight is well deserved”, she said.

Across the Qantas Award weekend, TVNZ won 8 of the 11 News & Current Affairs Awards.

ONE News reporter Paul Hobbs won Best News Reporting and Journalist of the Year for his coverage of the Samoan Tsunami including his unforgettable story of the Taufua family funeral and interview with Sinafea Ale Taufua as she buried all of 3 of her children.

Sunday’s Janet McIntyre and Joanne Mitchell won Best Current Affairs Reporting (Weekly Programme) for Janet’s probing interview with Fijian Dictator, Frank Bainimarama and Sunday won Best Current Affairs Series.

“I’m very proud of them all, it was world class work – quality current affairs at its best,” says Anthony Flannery.

“We are all very grateful for the peer acknowledgement and it gives us the opportunity to thank the judges who sit in their lounges and vote for us every night – thank you for choosing to watch us again”.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

The other big award TVNZ NCAS picked up tonight was the inaugural ‘New Idea People’s Choice Award’.

“Breakfast” host Paul Henry was voted the most popular person on television, beating 9 other finalists including Shortland Street actresses Beth Allen and Kimberly Crossman, TV3’s Mike McRoberts & Jaquie Brown, Outrageous Fortune’s Robyn Malcolm, TVNZ’s Kevin Milne, Pippa Wetzell, Jason Gunn and Bernadine Oliver-Kerby.

“Paul is one of the most outstanding broadcasters in world television,” says Flannery.

“He may be polarising, at times he may be controversial, but ever increasing numbers of viewers love watching him.

“It is no surprise to me at all that he’s won the inaugural people’s choice award when you consider Breakfast’s audience has doubled in the last 18 months.

“I was also pleased to see that we had so many finalists with Paul, Kevin, Pippa and Bernie – to be honest it’s not often journalists make the most popular list.”

New Idea magazine conducted the text and postal vote. Editor in Chief, Hayley McLarin says Paul Henry won the ballot by a “huge margin”. Voters weren’t asked why they chose their preferred candidate.
“I personally think it came down to how the voters relate to those shortlisted,” says McLarin.

“They know Paul not only as a presenter but as a father, son and someone who stands up for what he believes in and I think New Zealanders admire that.”

QANTAS FILM & TELEVISION AWARDS WON BY TVNZ NCAS:

QANTAS BEST NEWS – ONE NEWS, TV ONE

BEST NEWS REPORTING – PAUL HOBBS, ONE NEWS

Paul won this award for his coverage of the Samoan Tsunami and the unforgettable story of the mother who had to bury all 3 of her children.

JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR – PAUL HOBBS, ONE NEWS

BEST CURRENT AFFAIRS REPORTING (WEEKLY PROGRAMME) – JANET MCINTYRE & JOANNE MITCHELL, SUNDAY

Janet & Joanne won this award for the exclusive one on one interview Janet McIntyre did with ?

BEST CURRENT AFFAIRS SERIES – SUNDAY, TV ONE

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD – PAUL HENRY*

At the Qantas Craft Awards yesterday TVNZ News, Current Affairs and Sport won:

BEST NEWS CAMERA – STEVE LAWTON, ONE NEWS (Auckland)

Steve won this award for a portfolio of beautiful and diverse camera work from filming nesting Fairy Terns through to high speed tennis balls during a training session for the Ball Kids working the Heineken Tennis Open.

BEST NEWS EDITING – ANDREW GIBB, BREAKFAST (Wellington)

Andrew won this for “Spelling Bee”, a story he edited for Breakfast that humorously documented reporter, Matt McLean’s failed attempt to take the NZ Spelling Bee title.

BEST CURRENT AFFAIRS CAMERA – MARTIN ANDERSON, 20/20

Martin won this award for “Lost and Found”, a story based on a John Doe – a body with no name, a story with few pictures. The outcome of this carefully shot and constructed piece resulted in the body being reunited with and closure for his family. Martin described the story as ‘very rewarding’.

BEST MULTI-CAMERA DIRECTION – STEVE JAMIESON, ONE SPORT*

Steve is one of the best and most experienced live sport directors in the world and won this award for his work directing the Heineken Open Tennis Final from Auckland in January.

* General television award

John Campbell wins Best News Or Current Affairs Presenter

John Campbell has won the coveted award for the Best News or Current Affair Presenter at this year’s Qantas Film and Television Awards held tonight at the Civic Theatre in Auckland.

The win is especially rewarding and well deserved for Campbell, both personally and professionally, after a year of ever-increasing ratings and some key wins for the Campbell Live show.

Director of News and Current Affairs, Mark Jennings says: “Campbell Live has been leading the way in daily current affairs this year and the programme’s coverage of the Canterbury earthquake has been outstanding. John is the best interviewer on New Zealand television and he richly deserves this award.”

Campbell Live also scored wins in two other categories, with Brook Sabin taking home the award for Best Current Affairs reporting for a daily programme with his story, “Darryl’s Recovery”, and Catherine Hallinan also won the award for Best Current Affairs editing with the same story.

The awards wouldn’t be complete without several wins for New Zealand’s best loved drama, Outrageous Fortune.

This year saw South Pacific Pictures taking home the award with Outrageous Fortune for the Images and Sound Best Drama programme, as well as James Griffin receiving the win for Best Script – Drama/Comedy Programme.

The Jaquie Brown Diaries won the award for Best Comedy programme or Series for the second year in a row, coupled with a win for Gerard Johnstone in the category of Images and Sound Best Director – Drama/Comedy programme.

TV3’s other awards saw Best Entertainment Programme going to Satellite Media/Diva Productions for their brilliant work on The Topp Twins and the APO.

TV3 Sport also saw Nigel Carpenter win the Kordia Group Ltd Best Sports Broadcast for the superb coverage of the V8 Supercars Hamilton 400.

Director of Programming, Kelly Martin comments: “It’s extremely gratifying to have aired the Best Comedy, the Best Drama and the Best Entertainment programmes on 3 over the last year. Not only does it sum up what the channel stands for, it’s a testament to the very hard working production teams and our Local Production Network Executives.

– TV3

Director of Sales for MediaWorks TV appointed

MediaWorks TV (TV3 & C4) has appointed Linda Farrelly as its new Director of Sales.

Ms Farrelly has been with the Company for more than a decade, and for the last nine years has been the General Manager of National Sales.

Announcing the appointment MediaWorks TV CEO, Jason Paris, said Linda’s credentials are impeccable.

“Linda Farrelly’s credibility and respect within the media and agency environment is impressive and this has been a significant factor in her appointment,” he said.

“Importantly, she is also highly regarded by her colleagues in our Sales division, and her peers in other parts of MediaWorks TV,” said Mr Paris.

“Linda came through a challenging international search process, and to know we had the best person for the job already in the team speaks volumes about the calibre of people we have within the organisation,” he said.

Ms Farrelly said she is looking forward to the challenge of her new role.

“We have great agency and client relationships, and this is an incredible opportunity for me to improve our business further. I am thrilled to be leading the team and our business forward,” she said.

The appointment is effective immediately.

– MediaWorks

TVNZ win 3 of 4 Qantas Craft Awards

The Qantas Film and Television Awards weekend has started well for TVNZ, winning 3 of the 4 News & Current Affairs Craft Awards this afternoon in Auckland.

TVNZ’s Steve Lawton won Best News Camera, Andrew Gibb Best News Editing and Martin Anderson won Best Current Affairs Camera which included being awarded the Joe Von Dinklage Memorial Trophy.

“These guys are world class,” said TVNZ’s Head of News, Current Affairs and Sport, Anthony Flannery.

“They’re part of the highly talented TVNZ team who are continually on the frontline of news and current affairs, and they do it every day under pressure and on deadline.

“Although they avoid television’s spotlight they deserve all of the recognition due to them today for their technical and creative expertise. I’m proud to work with them.”

BEST NEWS CAMERA – STEVE LAWTON, ONE NEWS (Auckland)

Steve won this award for a portfolio of beautiful and diverse camera work from filming nesting Fairy Terns through to high speed tennis balls during a training session for the Ball Kids working the Heineken Tennis Open.

BEST NEWS EDITING – ANDREW GIBB, BREAKFAST (Wellington)

Andrew won this for “Spelling Bee”, a story he edited for Breakfast that humorously documented reporter, Matt McLean’s failed attempt to take the NZ Spelling Bee title.

BEST CURRENT AFFAIRS CAMERA – MARTIN ANDERSON, 20/20

Martin won this award for “Lost and Found”, a story based on a John Doe – a body with no name, a story with few pictures. The outcome of this carefully shot and constructed piece resulted in the body being reunited with and closure for his family. Martin described the story as ‘very rewarding’.

The Best Current Affairs Camera is the Joe von Dinklage Memorial Award. Joe was the cameraman who drowned when a helicopter carrying Paul Holmes and a Holmes TV crew crashed into the sea at Anaura Bay in 1989. Paul presented the award to Martin this afternoon.

ONE Sport’s Steve Jamieson won the Qantas Craft Award for Best Multi-Camera Direction for the second year in a row.

Steve is one of the best and most experienced live sport directors in the world and has been seconded to the Commonwealth Games in India next month.

Today’s award was recognition for his work directing the Heineken Open Tennis Final from Auckland in January.

When Steve won this award last year he dedicated it to his 17 year old son, Juke who had just died of cancer.

“Steve’s an inspiration, his professionalism, focus and commitment over the last two years has been nothing short of awesome, we’re all absolutely rapt he’s won again, it was very poignant and thoroughly deserved”.

The Qantas Film and Television gala event is being held tomorrow evening at Auckland’s Civic Theatre. Edited highlights from the gala will screen on TV ONE at 10:45pm on Sunday

– TVNZ

Breakfast special planned for Cathedral Square

On the last day of term TV ONE is broadcasting a Breakfast Special live from Christchurch’s Cathedral Square – BREAKFAST FOR CANTERBURY will be live between 6am – 9am on Friday morning the 24th of September.

Local boy, Corin Dann kicks off the broadcast at 6am by hosting his show NZI Business from the centre of Christchurch and taking a look at the Quake in terms of cost and the investment in repair and reconstruction.

At 6.30am Breakfast’s Paul Henry, Pippa Wetzell and Tamati Coffey will host a morning of entertainment that will include live performances from bands: The Feelers, J Williams, Kids of 88, Stellar and Dane Rumble (all are travelling to ChCh for the event courtesy of Air NZ).

Prime Minister, John Key is also travelling to Christchurch for the special broadcast and he will be joined by local dignitaries including Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker during the morning.

Christchurch locals are invited to come down to Cathedral Square during the morning to listen to the bands and join in or just watch.

“It would be great to have as many children as possible in the square, we’re going to have bouncy castles and lots of fun stuff for kids – so set your parents alarm clocks early so you can drop by”, says Breakfast Weatherman, Tamati Coffey.

During the morning, ONE News’ Wendy Petrie and Matt McLean will be based at Auckland and Wellington transport hubs (respectively) with local celebrities shaking Red Cross buckets to raise money for the Mayoral Fund. Viewers will be asked encouraged to donate via online or the 0900 number.

For more info go to: www.tvnz.co.nz/breakfast

– TVNZ