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ScreenTalk: Alison Mau

Alison Mau, interviewed on ScreenTalk
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Aussie import Alison Mau has been a regular on New Zealand television for more than 20 years, across news, current affairs, and lifestyle programmes. After first crossing the ditch she appeared as host of business show Made in New Zealand, before moving to late night news shows Eyewitness and Newsnight. Mau was a presenter on Breakfast, and part of the original team on TVNZ’s primetime show Seven Sharp.

In this ScreenTalk, Mau talks about:

  • Why Eyewitness was a controversial news show 
  • How TV2’s Newsnight gained a cult following 
  • Why breakfast TV is the best live television job – apart from the hours
  • Feeling that she never really got to know her Breakfast co-host Mike Hosking
  • Being a fan of Paul Henry’s sense of humour 
  • Why she didn’t walk off camera during Henry's controversial ‘moustache’ incident
  • Getting bored at times as presenter on hit lifestyle show Home Front 
  • Feeling badly treated by Prime TV over the Paul Holmes show 
  • Loving advocacy journalism on Fair Go
  • How Jesse Mulligan helped her survive a year of hell on Seven Sharp
  • Why she loves having made the move to radio

This video was first uploaded on 22 May 2017, and is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via this Creative Commons licence.

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