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  1. Part one of four from this full length documentary.

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  3. Part three of four from this full length documentary.

  4. Part four of four from this full length documentary.

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To mark its first 25 years, TVNZ commissioned independent producer Ian Mackersey to chronicle a day in its life as the national broadcaster. Coverage is split between the often extreme lengths (and heights) gone to by technicians maintaining coverage, and the work of programme makers — including the casts and crews of McPhail and Gadsby and Country GP. The real drama is in the news studio during the 6.30 bulletin (with light relief from the switchboard) in this intriguing glance back at a pre-digital, two channel TV age during the infancy of computers.  

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 Ian Mackersey
 Wayne Williams
 Errol Samuelson

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Few television networks in the world would provide this sort of maintenance dedication on behalf of a mere 75 viewers living in the back of beyond. 
I paid over $2,000 for my TV set and I don’t expect to be bored by all those overseas news items. They’re absolutely no concern to us. Now surely Kiwi audiences are only interested in New Zealand news. 
The style, approach, content and length were left to me. I was in fact offered a very free hand to tackle the subject in any way I chose. I believe..that it would have been extraordinarily difficult for an insider to have done it with the detachment it needed - and which the BCNZ sponsors sought.