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Ian Cross

Journalist, Author, Broadcaster

Ian Cross trained as a journalist. His 1957 novel The God Boy was hailed as a classic (and similar status afforded to the 1976 TV adaptation). As Listener editor he doubled its circulation; as broadcasting chair and chief executive he had a turbulent relationship with the Muldoon government — and failed to stem what he saw as the over-commercialisation of television.

I melded South Pacific TV and TV One together and that caused a lot of angst, but I was convinced of the need to do it. Looking back I created a Frankenstein’s monster. Television is the most pervasive and democratic medium in any country. Every western country has a non-commercial television service. We haven’t. Ian Cross in The NZ Herald, 23 July 2000