TVNZ pays tribute to Phillip Leishman


Statement from Jeff Latch, Head of TV ONE and TV2:

We awoke this morning to the sad news that one of New Zealand’s favourite broadcasters, Phillip Leishman, has died.

Those of us fortunate enough to work with Phil know that he was an extraordinarily gifted presenter and broadcaster – a favourite with viewers and much respected by his industry peers.

Phil’s history with TVNZ goes back to the old NZ Broadcasting Corporation days in 1971, when he got his first break at Dunedin’s DNTV2.

Over 40 years Phil carved out a career as one of this country’s preeminent sports broadcasters, first as a presenter on our nightly news and then later fronting a host of major sports events including multiple Olympic and Commonwealth Games, rugby test matches and many other local and international sporting events.

Versatility was a hallmark of Phil’s TV career. He showed a lighter touch as the host of Wheel of Fortune for five years in the 1990s, fronting the magazine travel show Air New Zealand Holiday and compering many big awards functions.

For the past 16 years Phil has become synonymous with the game of golf through producing and hosting a range of New Zealand and international golf programmes and tournaments.

Phil had a unique ability to relate to people of all ages and backgrounds and he was able to effortlessly build rapport with live and onscreen audiences.

Those of us who had the personal and professional privilege of working with Phil will be feeling his loss. Our thoughts and condolences go to Michelle, Harry, India and Lily.


VIDEO: Michael Jackson’s son joins Entertainment Tonight team

Pop star Michael Jackson’s son, Prince Michael, has joined the team at Entertainment Tonight.

The 16 year old made his debut as a special correspondent interviewing the stars of “Oz the Great and Powerful.”

An Entertainment Tonight colleague commented to media how Prince Michael seems so much wiser and older than your average 16 year old.

“That’s what most of my people say. That was all thanks to my dad. He raised me right.” Jackson replied.

Entertainment Tonight screens on TV3 at 5pm weekdays in New Zealand.

Campaign to bring Beyonce to New Zealand


Sharyn Casey of The Edge and FOUR Live and New Zealand’s number one Beyonce fan has taken to Facebook to get Kiwi’s to rally together in a bid to bring Beyonce to New Zealand.

This month Beyonce announced ‘The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour’. With the term ‘World Tour’ in the title, New Zealand was on standby for a date announcement, but quickly learned Beyonce’s ‘World Tour’ only covers Europe and North America.

Not satisfied with Beyonce missing New Zealand off the map, Sharyn and The Edge set up a petition on Facebook ( Their goal: to inspire Beyonce to make her Kiwi fans’ dreams come true.

“I mean who wouldn’t want to see her live”, says Sharyn.

“Within 24-hours the page had over 3,000 Likes and now we’re sitting just over 8,000 Likes; half way to the 15,000 mark!”

Taryn Kerr, Promotions Manager at Sony Music New Zealand has said “when the Facebook petition page reaches 15,000 Likes we’ll send it to the right people”.

“We’re really impressed by the ‘Bring Beyonce to NZ’ Facebook page, it looks fantastic! Keep up the great work and let’s get Beyonce’s attention by showing her just how many people want to see her show in New Zealand”.

Beyonce has only been to New Zealand twice, once with Destiny’s Child and another time to watch her husband, Jay Z open for U2.