ScreenTalk: Barry Holland

Barry Holland
Barry Holland: On a varied and interesting broadcasting career…


Alongside more than 50 years as a radio personality, Barry Holland has appeared on New Zealand TV screens many times. Holland has been a weather presenter and newsreader, and has commentated the Olympic Games and America’s Cup. He was also the presenter on a number of popular TV shows, including On the Mat, Top Town and Sunday Afternoon Sportsworld

In this ScreenTalk, Holland talks about:

  • Feeling ‘special’ presenting the weather for the NZ Broadcasting Corporation
  • Coming to terms with a mechanical autocue while reading the news
  • Dealing with breakdowns on the set of game show Break 21
  • Doing field interviews with athletes at The 1976 International Track Series
  • How a rainstorm saw him ending up on a UK bloopers show
  • Missing out on meeting Muhammad Ali on Sunday Afternoon Sportsworld
  • How heartland New Zealand took to Top Town
  • Being advised not to take on the hosting role of On the Mat
  • Having to do crazy things during Telethon
  • Facing freezing conditions on a mountain while filming a banking ad
  • Wanting to be famously anonymous

This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via this Creative Commons licence.

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