After all the comments about having an insular Mediaworks Telethon I thought I’d do some investigating and try and find out how realistic it might be to have some TVNZ faces appearing on the other channel.
Rumour had it early on that in fact, some TVNZ personalities had been approached to appear during the fundraising extravaganza on TV3 in August but had been given a categorical “no” by the network and told it wouldn’t happen.
This sounded a little harsh to me. Why would the nation’s state broadcaster be eager to keep their talent off a rival channel? Wouldn’t that be putting their faces in front of an audience that might not be familiar with them? Commercial nonsense aside, it’s all in the name of a good cause and everyone pretty much knows who you are no matter what channel you’re on, right?
The first port of call was TV3. Did they in fact want to have TVNZ people gracing their screens in a format other than the Qantas Awards? Apparently, yes!
“If anyone at TVNZ feels strongly enough about the Kidscan cause, we would absolutely welcome them to become involved with the Big Night In Telethon and help support this amazing charity.” – TV3
Wow! That’s a great start. So what about TVNZ then? We’re they actually as anal about their stars being involved as we’d been led to believe? Apparently, not!
“We’re happy for a couple of our stars to make appearances on the Telethon. We haven’t been approached by them yet but we’ll talk with TV3 about it in the lead up to the show and see who we can spare given commitments to our shows and charities.” – TVNZ
Well, fantastic. TV3 is happy to have TVNZ people and TVNZ is happy for some of their stars to be involved. What a good day for television in New Zealand!
I guess the question now is, who would you like to see from TVNZ appearing on Telethon alongside their TV3 counterparts? And not only that, what would they have to do to convince you to put some cash in the bucket?