When second channel TV-2 went on air in June 1975, Jennie Goodwin was regular newsreader on the Two at Seven show. In doing so, she became the first woman in New Zealand — and the Commonwealth — to handle newsreading on a prime-time, nationwide bulletin. Goodwin first moved from radio into television in the mid 60s, initially working as a continuity announcer introducing each evening’s programmes.
When I started as a continuity announcer on AKTV-2 in about 1966 it was black and white, and you wore false eyelashes and really dark red lipstick. It was real theatre make-up. Jennie Goodwin on Breakfast, recalling her beginnings in television
This archival compendium of Kiwi newsreaders in the hot seat compresses 21 years of footage into four minutes. Sixties BBC-style newsreader Bill Toft tells viewers about a court trial involving pirate station Radio Hauraki; Philip Sherry covers a shooting tragedy at Ohio's Kent State University; and pioneering female newsreader Jennie Goodwin talks weather matters, using graphics and a roller-door style arrangement that now looks sweetly low-tech. The footage also includes the late Angela D'Audney, and long-serving news team Richard Long and Judy Bailey.
Once upon a time the Kiwi accent was a broadcasting crime, and politicians decided in advance which questions they would answer on-screen. Here is the News examines three decades (up to 1992) of Kiwi TV journalism and news presentation. The roll-call of on and off camera talent provides fascinating glimpses behind key events, including early jury-rigged attempts at nationwide broadcast, Dougal Stevenson announcing the 1975 arrival of competing TV networks, the Wahine, Erebus, Muldoon, turkeys in gumboots, and the tour - where journalists too, became "objects of hatred".