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Gordon Dryden: A TV current affairs pioneer…

Interview – 2016

Gordon Dryden has had a long and distinguished career in journalism, public relations and broadcasting. He became a familiar face on New Zealand television in the 1970s, fronting sports and then current affairs programming. Dryden made a name for himself as a tough interviewer on The Friday Conference, and as a talk radio host. In recent years, Dryden has developed education books both in print and online.

In this ScreenTalk, Dryden talks about:

  • Being asked to host Sportsroom despite little knowledge of sport
  • How an on air comment lead to him getting wet
  • Successfully predicting the outcome of the 1967 referendum on drinking hours
  • Beating TV One in calling the result of the 1975 General Election
  • Challenging controversial cancer doctor Milan Brych in an interview
  • How a victim of apartheid made all the difference in a TV special
  • Creating The Learning Web to take advantage of changes in media

This video was first uploaded on 9 May 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