Born in London and long based in Australia, Nic Nolan is probably best known in New Zealand for a silver space suit — the one he wore while co-presenting an ill-fated GOFTA awards show in 1987. Nolan began in UK radio and spent seven years in NZ, both in radio and as a TVNZ continuity announcer. Later he was a TV newsreader in Perth, and did four years as programme director of top-rating Adelaide radio station 5AA.
He is no stranger to managing and discipling hefty egos, getting the best out of limited talent and recognising a good opportunity when he sees one … Nolan’s expertise is getting a message out effectively and efficiently. Mike Smithson in Adelaide’s Sunday Mail, 8 January 2012
One of New Zealand television's more notorious episodes, the 1987 Gofta Awards start promisingly with an extended montage of Auckland scenes (just before the sharemarket crash). It's downhill from there. Presenters Nic Nolan and Leeza Gibbons (Entertainment This Week) look bizarre in silver suits; an underfed and overexcited audience grows more and more vocal; special guest John Inman (Mr Humphries from English sitcom Are You Being Served?) is heckled; and things come badly unstuck as timing issues see winners turned away as they try to collect their awards.