Veteran broadcaster Bill McCarthy was the popular face of TV news and sport in the 1970s. Starting as a sports anchor, he later moved to prime time newsreading, and then became a producer on classical music show Opus, plus one-off events like the 1987 Rugby World Cup and Telethon. Later McCarthy ran cable channel The Arts Channel, and presented shows on everything from boating to religion.
In this ScreenTalk, McCarthy talks about:
...we had a few BBC trained people on the staff who had seen television — we hadn’t even seen television! And yet it sort of arrived with valves and tubes and studios and lights like this, and really we had no experience; we had no training, no one ever trained me or anyone at the time, to my remembrance anyway, to be on television. We just sort of sat there and did it.– Bill McCarthy on the early days of presenting television for the NZ Broadcasting Corporation, in the 1960s