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John Knowles

Executive, Journalist

John Knowles has held many leadership roles in broadcasting, and worked around the world. Ask Knowles to name his highlight and he’s very clear — being TVNZ's Head of Sport at precisely the right time. In 1979 he was one of the only television reporters to visit Antartica, to report on the Mount Erebus disaster.

My philosophy was to leave driving the product on air to producers — this is your job, you do it, through me. But they’re the guys who are doing the job, don’t go and do it for them. And as a result we had some wonderfully inventive producers. John Knowles on his management style