Dougal Stevenson started his broadcasting career as a continuity announcer, before moving into newsreading. He quickly became one of our most respected news anchors, initially with DNTV-2 in Dunedin, and then nationally. He left newsreading with the restructure of TVNZ that saw the news moving to Auckland, and has subsequently hosted and narrated a number of TV shows, and dabbled in film and television acting.
In this ScreenTalk, Stevenson talks about:
- Feeling constrained as a continuity announcer
- Having an instinct about reading the news
- Being constantly monitored to get the right pronunciation on TV
- Being impressed by the journalists he worked with in the newsroom
- The occasional chaos when technical problems affected bulletins
- Deciding not to make the transition when the news bulletin moved to Auckland
- Presenting the laid-back magazine series The Motor Show
- Being a little intimidated by his co-hosts on Antiques for Love or Money
- Getting to be an actor in classic film Sleeping Dogs
- Playing a ghost in an episode of A Twist in the Tale
- The discipline of doing voice-over work
- Feeling slightly disappointed in himself with what he’s achieved over the years
This video was first uploaded on 1 August 2016, and is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via this Creative Commons licence.
Interview, Camera and Editing – Andrew Whiteside