David Jamieson honed his journalism skills over a decade on TV One's prime time news bulletin, before jetting off to London in 1998. Jamieson went on to produce and report IT stories for channel BBC World, and travel the globe promoting the commercial arm of BBC TV. He returned to New Zealand in 2003 with his young family. Jamieson reported for One News and Holmes, everywhere from Los Angeles to Antarctica; in 2004 he moved into public relations. Since 2010 he has been living in Sydney, Australia. The keen Cessna pilot gained his Master of Business Administration from Auckland University in 2010.
I feel immensely privileged to have played a very small part in New Zealand and the United Kingdom's TV industries. Working in TV news gives you extraordinary access to do things that normally wouldn't be possible. Personal highlights — the Oscars, Antarctica, working as a small cog in the immense machine that is BBC News, and flying in fast jets with both the RNZAF and RAF. Many happy memories and great stories. David Jamieson
Animals, people and cameras can make for a wild unpredictable combination, as this set of bloopers demonstrates. First up is the legendary 1989 clip of rugby star Zinzan Brooke falling off a spooked Shetland pony in Wales. Back on Kiwi soil, Dexter the golden labrador refuses to listen to owner Mark Leishman. A hare and dog take over a trotting track and cricket pitch, while reporters doing their pieces to camera are harassed by a friendly horse and overzealous ostriches. Plus two pigs give Country Calendar reporter John Gordon the giggles.
September 1994 marked a turning point in Peter Jackson's career. With the debut of his film Heavenly Creatures, many critics began to see him in a new light. This One Network News piece interviews Jackson at Wellington Airport, shortly after winning a Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival for Heavenly Creatures. Jackson says he plans to keep making movies in New Zealand, and pays tribute to his late producer Jim Booth. Five months later, Jackson was nominated for his first Academy Award. Three months after that, he began Hollywood-funded movie The Frighteners in NZ.
Holmes was a long-running current affairs programme that followed the news each weeknight on TV ONE. Presented by veteran broadcaster Paul Holmes, the show was as famous for his showmanship as it was for examining the issues of the day. Holmes interviewed the day's newsmakers; often championing the underdog 'kiwi battler'. In 2004 Paul Holmes defected from TVNZ to Prime TV to set up a rival 7pm current affairs programme, Paul Holmes. That lasted a few months before being axed (due to low ratings).
In 1975 TV One launched with a flagship 6.30 news bulletin which went largely unchanged with the move to TVNZ in 1980. In a 1987 revamp, it became the Network News with dual newsreaders Judy Bailey and Neil Billington (replaced by Richard Long). In 1988, the half hour programme moved to 6pm. With the advent of TV3 in late 1989, it was rebranded One Network News; and, from 1995, extended to an hour. The ill-fated replacing of Long with John Hawkesby in 1999 saw it make headlines rather than report them. In 1999, there was another name change to One News.