We have just received this response from TVNZ’s Andi Brotherston regarding the Mils Muliaina presentation controversy at last night’s All Blacks game.
There is only one television feed available of the game/activity on field – the host broadcaster world feed.
Last night the world feed did not include any footage of the presentation at all.
However, there are 3-4 individual camera shots available to us that are separate to the world feed and one of those shot the presentation BUT there was no corresponding audio (audio was of general stadium atmosphere).
This enabled TV ONE to run a couple of shots of Mils being presented with his cap but we had no way of staying with the presentation to broadcast Mils’ speech because there was no sound and therefore no chance of hearing what he said.
The only cameras TVNZ has at Eden Park are for recording our own presenters in the broadcast & commentary box and sideline position. As per standard rights agreements, only the host broadcaster is allowed to record and broadcast on-field activity so it would be a clear breach of contract to have independently filmed the presentation.