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Doug Eckhoff


As the final manager of the National Film Unit, Doug Eckhoff had the unenviable task of presiding over its demise as the government’s film production agency, and the sale of its assets. Earlier he was a key figure in television news, from the days of the NZ Broadcasting Corporation through to the birth of Television New Zealand. He was also a long-serving trustee of the New Zealand Film Archive (now Ngā Taonga).

As an editor trying to put an honest, informative newscast together, I usually had more trouble getting material through my management than I ever had with politicians. Doug Eckhoff in The Listener, 31 October 1992, page 56