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Television, 1964–1969

Launched in October 1964, Compass was the first local programme to provide regular coverage of politically sensitive topics. Alongside the job of reporting on the news from a Kiwi perspective, Compass was the first to file comprehensive news reports from overseas. The controversial banning of a report on the changeover to decimal currency became a flashpoint in 1966. It led to the high profile resignation of producer Gordon Bick. Compass can now be seen as the forerunner to Close Up, Foreign Correspondent and Sunday.

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NZ Broadcasting Corporation