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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.

Megan Richards
TVNZ Corporate Affairs
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