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Rodney Bryant


Rodney Bryant was one of the stars of the heyday of regional television news. In the early 1970s he became a Canterbury institution fronting The South Tonight with Bryan Allpress, and returned to host The Mainland Touch in the early 80s. He moved on to TV talkback, then children’s current affairs with The Video Dispatch, before leaving TV for a 21 year run in communications for the Dunedin City Council.

I believe that about the regional programmes: what we’re doing is dealing with people … their problems as they affect them here. I live here. What happens here affects me. A lot of the strength of regional programmes is in that. Rodney Bryant in The Listener, 25 April 1981