Allan Martin has been influential in television in both New Zealand and Australia. In the early 1960s he helped the new television arm of the BCNZ produce popular regional show Town and Around, and he was a key player in the creation of groundbreaking current affairs series Compass. After time in Australia, he returned to set up New Zealand's second TV channel South Pacific Television in 1975. From 1980 to 1985 he was Director-General of TVNZ.
In this ScreenTalk, Martin talks about:
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Interview, Camera and Editing – Andrew Whiteside
...because it was new and something different, the viewing audience accepted it wonderfully, you know. They took it to their hearts, the programmes. People still talk about Town and Around — I had someone just the other day asking me if I was associated with it. He remembered it from 50 odd years ago, or whatever it was. So it did make its mark at the time.– Allan Martin on the popularity of regional show Town and Around