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Judy Callingham


After time as a reporter and radio producer, Judy Callingham became one of the first women in New Zealand to make her mark as a television scriptwriter (Close to Home, Gloss, Shortland St, and many more). Her broadcasting career has encompassed stints as a presenter (Town and Around, Fair Go), journalism tutor, and NZ On Air board member. These days she runs a media training company with husband Brian Edwards.

... I suppose we did try to push the envelope a little bit, but it was very gentle pushing. If you look at those early episodes, things that were considered absolutely outrageous in those days — like divorce — now would go past at a 5.30 slot, and no-one would raise a hair. Judy Callingham, on early soap Close to Home