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Television, 1968–1973

Current affairs show Gallery took on topics of the day, most famously in a Brian Edwards interview which solved a Post Office industrial dispute live on-air. Produced by Des Monaghan, it began as a studio-based programme focussing on political issues, but soon expanded. Edwards’ confrontational style of interrogating public figures was new to Kiwi TV, and polarised viewers. It saw Edwards (the "mad mauler") become a household name, and earned him a reputation as a hardline interviewer. David Exel took over as host in 1971.