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Dougal Stevenson: Newsreading legend...

Dougal Stevenson: Newsreading legend...

Interviews - 2016

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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