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Barry Holland: On a varied and interesting broadcasting career…

Interview – 2016

Alongside more than 50 years as a radio personality, Barry Holland has appeared on New Zealand TV screens many times. Holland has been a weather presenter and newsreader, and has commentated the Olympic Games and America’s Cup. He was also the presenter on a number of popular TV shows, including On the Mat, Top Town and Sunday Afternoon Sportsworld

In this ScreenTalk, Holland talks about:

  • Feeling ‘special’ presenting the weather for the NZ Broadcasting Corporation
  • Coming to terms with a mechanical autocue while reading the news
  • Dealing with breakdowns on the set of game show Break 21
  • Doing field interviews with athletes at The 1976 International Track Series
  • How a rainstorm saw him ending up on a UK bloopers show
  • Missing out on meeting Muhammad Ali on Sunday Afternoon Sportsworld
  • How heartland New Zealand took to Top Town
  • Being advised not to take on the hosting role of On the Mat
  • Having to do crazy things during Telethon
  • Facing freezing conditions on a mountain while filming a banking ad
  • Wanting to be famously anonymous

This video was first uploaded on 19 December 2016, 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

I got chances to see places around the world, to go around the world to different places, to do different things, to see lots of New Zealand and to meet lots of New Zealanders as well, so I certainly would do it all again.
– Barry Holland reflects on his long career as a presenter