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Miriama Kamo: From lifestyle shows to current affairs and back again...

Interview – 2015

Broadcaster Miriama Kamo was a reporter on 1990s arts show Backch@t, before joining current affairs show Sunday for three years. Kamo did a six-year stint hosting 20/20, then returned to front Sunday, and has also done stints on Marae, One News, and Tonight. In 2015 she signed on as the host of TV One’s new lifestyle show Kiwi Living.

In this ScreenTalk, Kamo talks about:

  • Learning about the craft of journalism from Gordon Harcourt, on Backch@t
  • How longer storytelling lies at the heart of her love affair with Sunday
  • How Sunday's audience prefer local stories to international ones
  • Initally having to be persuaded to host ‘tabloid’ current affairs show 20/20
  • Being challenged about her cultural heritage as host of Marae
  • Loving the relative freedom of late night news show Tonight
  • The 'incredible responsibility' of fronting coverage of the Canterbury earthquake
  • How lifestyle show Kiwi Living feels like a pleasant blast from the past 
  • Having scripts on the boil for a feature film or three
This video was first uploaded on 18 August 2015, and is available under this Creative Commons licence. This licence is limited to use of ScreenTalk interview footage only and does not apply to any video content and photographs from films, television, music videos, web series and commercials used in the interview.
Interview, Camera and Editing – Andrew Whiteside
...there is something about having the time to craft a story, and to really put all your resources into something that's not going to disappear after a minute and a half. It's there for 10, 12, 14 minutes, where you can really tell a person's story and really honour it, and give it the time that it deserves.
– Miriama Kamo on being able to devote more time to stories on current affairs show Sunday