Irish import Brian Edwards made a big impact on current affairs in New Zealand. First seen on 1960s regional show Town and Around, he made his name as a no-nonsense interviewer on Gallery. On that show he helped bring about the end of a union dispute with the Post Office, live on air. Edwards on Saturday followed, and was a ratings hit. Later the veteran broadcaster helped launch long-running consumer rights show Fair Go, and hosted radio show Top of the Morning.
In this ScreenTalk, Edwards talks about:
...I think one of the reasons it was so popular so quickly was it was something that had never been done before on New Zealand television. Indeed the rules of the game in those days for television programmes were, not only could you not criticise a commercial product, you could not name a commercial product ... Not only did it [Fair Go] name things, it criticised the people who'd made them or the products themselves. So what people discovered they now had was a goodies and baddies programme ... where the baddies got their comeuppance.– Brian Edwards on the popularity of consumer affairs show Fair Go