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The name Phillip Leishman is synonymous with sports broadcasting in New Zealand. Over a four decade long career he presented sports news and major events from the Olympics to rugby tests, plus an internationally-syndicated golf show. He also branched out into popular quiz shows and entertainment specials (notably Wheel of Fortune). Leishman died on 25 February 2013, after a battle with cancer. He was 61.  Read the full biography

I like to think I've lived the history of New Zealand television. Phillip Leishman jokingly reflects on his long screen career

Screenography

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Wheel of Fortune - Celebrity Episode (10 Oct 1992)

1992, Presenter - Television

Wheel of Fortune is a game show that involves the solving of Hangman-style posers. Contestants spin the wheel to accrue prizes, guess vowels or consonants that may be in the answer, and earn the right to roll again. The 90s Kiwi edition was hosted by Phillip Leishman and Lana Coc-Kroft. In this 10 October 1992 celebrity episode the contestants were actor Andy Anderson, Fair Go reporter Rosalie Nelson, and Barcelona Olympic bronze medalist boxer (and future World Heavyweight title challenger) David Tua, who infamously requested the letter O, "for Awesome".

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Praise Be for Christmas

1993, Subject - Television

Since debuting in 1986, Praise Be has become a Sunday morning perennial. In this extended 1993 Christmas special, original Praise Be presenter Graeme Thomson travels far and wide in search of heavenly vocals: including big city cathedrals, schools, among singing sailors at Devonport Naval Base, and to a disused Canterbury flour mill, where the local farming community pack in for 'Away in a Manger'. A number of TV personalities (Judy Bailey, Phillip Leishman) also make appearances, to talk about Christmas and read from the bible.

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Montreal Olympic Games

1976, Presenter

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Atlanta Olympic Games

1996, Presenter

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Wheel of Fortune

1991-1996, Presenter - Television

Wheel of Fortune is a game show that involves the solving of Hangman-style posers. Contestants spin the wheel to accrue prizes, guess letters that may be in the answer, and earn the right to roll again. The Kiwi edition was hosted by Phillip Leishman and Lana Coc-Kroft (with Simon Barnett later replacing Leishman). In a 1992 celebrity episode, Barcelona Olympic bronze medalist boxer (and future World Heavyweight challenger) David Tua, infamously requested the letter O, “for Awesome”. The show returned briefly in 2008 hosted by Jason Gunn and Sonia Gray.

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Edmonton Commonwealth Games

1978, Presenter

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Brisbane Commonwealth Games

1982, Presenter

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Los Angeles Olympic Games

1984, Presenter

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Edinburgh Commonwealth Games

1986, Presenter

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Auckland Commonwealth Games

1990, Presenter

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Turf Talk

1975-1979, Presenter

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Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games

1998, Presenter

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The Golf Show/HSBC Golf Club

1998 - 2012, Presenter

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New Zealand Games

1975, Presenter