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Different strokes: Two very different approaches to GLBT TV

Wed 2 Aug 2006 In: Television View at NDHA

For a while there tonight (Tues) it was Takataapui versus Kiwifruit! How's that for complementary programming? And irony of ironies Takataapui was looking at the lgbt presence in the kiwi media, including television, so they gave Kiwifruit a mention. But they mainly did some meaty interviews with the likes of Annemarie Duff, programmer for TVNZ and therefore 'responsible' for that aforementioned lgbt presence on our screens. Her basic rationale was 'there's gay people in New Zealand, so we put them on our screens'. And Shortland Street producer Jason Daniel (himself gay) was another taxpayer-funded bigwig 'responsible' for gay content - and no, there hasn't been a gay Maori on Shortie St yet, it was meant to happen but ... it didn't turn out that way. And though they're keeping it in mind, 'characters are no longer included just because they're gay'. Paora Maxwell lamented this absence of any gay Maori characters on national tv but pointed out they are present on the Maori channel (if he meant Bev of B  

Credit: John Curry

First published: Wednesday, 2nd August 2006 - 12:00pm

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