ScreenTalk: Bob Parker

Bob Parker
Bob Parker: On his life as a television presenter...


Television presenter Bob Parker went on to become mayor of New Zealand's second largest city. After starting out as a continuity announcer for TV One, Parker hosted a number of live TV shows including Telethon, Young Farmer of the Year, the Benson & Hedges Fashion Design Awards and spent 12 years holding the big red book on This is Your Life. In 2007 he was elected Mayor of Christchurch, leaving the role in 2013.

In this ScreenTalk, Parker talks about:

  • The "exciting" role of being a continuity announcer on television
  • How not getting enough sleep was part of Telethon's appeal
  • Overcoming the "country yokel" cliche as longtime presenter of Young Farmer of the Year
  • Having to wear some strange clothing on the Benson & Hedges Fashion Design Awards
  • Getting the chance to appear on a US cable network with This is New Zealand
  • How the first episode of This is Your Life on Mark Todd was a major gamble
  • Having a small role in the film Snakeskin
  • Feeling lucky to have had a career on television

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

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