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Miriama Kamo: From lifestyle shows to current affairs and back again...

Interview – 2015

Broadcaster Miriama Kamo began her television career as a reporter on 1990s arts show Backch@t. Kamo later worked as a reporter on current affairs show Sunday for three years, before starting a six-year stint hosting 20/20. She subsequently returned to front Sunday, and has also done stints on Marae, One News, and Tonight. In 2015 she signed on as the host of TV One’s new lifestyle show Kiwi Living.

In this ScreenTalk, Kamo talks about:

  • Learning about the craft of journalism from Gordon Harcourt and others, on Backch@t
  • How longer storytelling is at the heart of her love affair with Sunday 
  • How the Sunday audience prefer local stories to international ones
  • Initally having to be persuaded to host ‘tabloid’ current affairs show 20/20
  • Being challenged about her cultural heritage as host of Marae
  • Loving the relative freedom of late night news show Tonight
  • The 'incredible responsibility' of fronting coverage of the Canterbury earthquake
  • How lifestyle show Kiwi Living feels like a pleasant blast from the past 
  • Having scripts on the boil for a feature film or three

This video was first uploaded on 18 August 2015, and is available under this Creative Commons licence. This licence is limited to use of ScreenTalk interview footage only and does not apply to any video content and photographs from films, television, music videos, web series and commercials used in the interview.

Interview, Camera and Editing – Andrew Whiteside