1970s: TV Trivia
It's In The Bag
1970 NZBC decentralises its
administration into three systems - Northern and Central for the
North Island and Southern, in the South Island.
Avalon is under way to become the first purpose built television centre.
Transmission hours increase to 65 hours per week and an enquiry is launched to see if there is a need for a second TV channel.
Dr Brian Edwards wins inaugural Feltex TV Award for interview with surgeon who performed first heart transplant, Dr Christiaan Barnard.
1971 The Warkworth Communications
Television license fee set at $20 approx, or the equivalent to $240 today.
Current Affairs programme, Survey debuts replacing Compass and achieves top ratings
Melbourne Cup Race is first event to be broadcast via satellite (Nov).
1972 NZBC wins out against private
consortium to start second TV channel.
First live All Black test broadcast - NZ vs Australia (Sept).
Playschool debuts, runs for 80 episodes.
Central Otago, the West Coast and the central North Island finally get TV reception.
1973 On October 31st colour television is
introduced, with the first images being Princess Anne's wedding.
The license for it costs $35, the equivalent of $361.19
Minister of Broadcasting, Roger Douglas, recommends splitting the NZBC into a broadcasting council, two TV corporations and a radio corporation.
600,000 viewers watch direct telecasting of FA Cup Final, Leeds vs Sunderland
Keith Quinn does his first rugby test commentary for TV, England v All Blacks at Eden Park.
Fred Dagg debuts with John Clarke
It's in the Bag debuts on TV (Oct)
1974 Coverage of Christchurch Commonwealth
Games is the largest undertaking ever for NZBC, however they did
not have enough equipment to provide colour coverage for all the
events. Those chosen for colour were swimming, track and field and
Muhammad Ali - George Foreman fight gathers an afternoon audience of 880,000.
Spot On debuts.
Advertising is extended to Fridays.
The News service utilizes a total of 52 satellite transmissions, an average of one per week
The South Tonight debuts with Rodney Bryant and Bryan Allpress
1975 Avalon opens in Wellington - with the
biggest and most technically advanced facilities in the country and
at a cost of $10 million. This was one of the last acts by
The Broadcasting Act dismantles NZBC and establishes Television One (divided between Wellington and Dunedin), Television Two (Auckland and Christchurch) and Radio NZ.
TV2 is called South Pacific Television and pledges to be more community focused, they also hold the first Telethon. It raises $593,878 for St John Ambulance.
Jennie Goodwin becomes first woman in the Commonwealth to anchor a prime time network news programme.
Five days of television are how commercial.
1976 The newly elected National Government decides to merge all broadcasting services, including radio back into one corporation a year after it was split. The new model is called BCNZ.
Radio with Pictures debuts in September and runs for 10 years - hosts include Barry Jenkins, Karyn Hay, Phil O'Brien and Dick Driver
Telethon '76 raised $1.6 million for the Child Health Foundation
Ian Johnstone becomes the first NZ television reporter to visit South Africa and interviewed Desmond Tutu, journalist Donald Woods and Prime Minister John Vorster. South Africa - the Black Future won Johnstone a Feltex Award.
Nice One Stu debuts with Stu Dennison as the naughty schoolboy poking fun at straight-laced sidekick, Roger Gascoigne.
1977 First episode of Fair Go screens
(April) and is favourably received
Close To Home attracting nearly 1 million viewers every episode and by 1977 was NZ's longest running drama production
Spot On wins award for best children's show
Telethon '77 raised $2,005,750 for the Mental Health Foundation
The Governor, The God Boy and Richard Pearse are 3 of several programmes sold to overseas television networks.
Stu Dennison's programme 'Nice One Stu' on TV One and Andrew Shaw's programme 'Hey Hey It's Andy" on TV Two compete for the younger audience.
Stu and Andrew still work for TVNZ, Stu is Deputy Head of Sport and Andrew is General Manager of Commissioning, Production & Acquisitions.
Dateline Monday debuts and investigates the controversial pesticide 2-4-5-T
A Week of It debuts, the satirical look at NZ political issues runs until 1979
1978 Proposals are made to unify TV1 and
TV2 into a two-channel system
Telethon '78 raised $3 million for the Arthritis and Rheumatism Foundation
Mastermind BBC invites Mastermind NZ to take part in an international programme
1979 Now 95% of homes in NZ have a
Close To Home clocks up its 500th episode
Peter Williams begins his 30+ year career on TV. He starts in Wellington as a presenter and commentator for ONE Sport.
Bill Ralston joins TV2 as a reporter
Gordon Harcourt makes his debut as a 9-year-old child actor on Close to Home playing Eddie (today he co-presents Fair Go with Ali Mau & Kevin Milne.)
TV2's Sport screens an exclusive 90 min interview on Muhammad Ali
Telethon '79 raises $2, 767,351 for the Year of The Child
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the data
The information has been sourced from the following places:
Radio & TV Broadcasters' Club
NZ Television - The first 25 Years (Robert Boyd-Bell)
TVNZ Corporate Publication 2005 'A successful past, an exciting future'
Cost comparisons done by Reserve Bank's NZ Inflation