New Zealanders' Impressions.... (First 25 years of NZ TV)

What did New Zealander’s first think of TV?
Diving back into my book of the first 25 years of Television in New Zealand, I find a old article with quotes from people, stating their opinions.
Here are a few:

GEORGE SHIRLEY, civil servant:
“I enjoy TV. Two things worry me – programmes and promotion. I think it would be better for the Government to stay out of it. It would protect the taxpayer if it flops.”

MRS. H. W. MENZIES, housewife:
“It’s a great thing. It would certainly keep children dry and out of mischief on rainy days. I think television is wonderful entertainment.”

MURRAY GREGORY, sailor:
“I don’t like it. It would disrupt households. There are better ways of spending your money. How many NZ families could afford a set?”

BRIAN LYNCH, salesman:
“If what we read is true, TV is a handicap. NZ is not big enough. If TV is no better than seen here-no thanks.”

BRUCE WHITE, school teacher:
“I like it. TV has unlimited possibilities. But I would rather wait for a bigger screen and clearer pictures.”

MRS. T. M. HUNTER:
“I’d buy one if I had the money. I think it’s good-for adults. It may be bad for the kids. But I think I’d still have one.”

MRS. C. RONCHI:
“I’d think of the children before I brought one. They’d never be out of the house and would grow up pale, little things, knowing nothing about sport.”

GEORGE WOOLLER, managing director of Pye Televsion Company answers some criticisms:
“Programmes are no trouble. Sport in NZ would be a natural. We can cover every sport…”
“There are so many telefilms being made now that we would be drenched with good material.”
“Children? Their sessions would be in early evening. Parents should see they go to bed…”
“If the Government gave us a 10 year license to setup TV we would be happy. We are sure…”

Page 10, New Zealand Pictorial, 17 May 1954.

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Kyle Wadsworth

Kyle Wadsworth is a trained multimedia journalist with a passion for film and television - notably Westside and Outrageous Fortune! Also known as TuiKiwi (the name of which has also featured on Outrageous Fortune as a guest-starring beer brand).
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  • DeViI D0do

    “I’d think of the children before I brought one. They’d never be out of the house and would grow up pale, little things, knowing nothing about sport.”

    … it’s like this woman could see into the future. Wonder what she thinks of the world now…

  • toggerlogger

    Mrs Carmen Ronchi

    Survived by two children.
    Lived in Levin…

    Maybe she died from shock that her prediction came true?