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Time for a change, says former QN host

Sun 7 Dec 2003 In: New Zealand Daily News

A cut in the number of Queer Nation episodes funded for 2004 means it's time for a change, suggests former QN host and ex-pat Max Currie in Express. Currie, taking time out from New York in Auckland recently to work on the screenplay for his first feature The Rooftop, says he owes a lot to the production crew he worked with on Queer Nation, but is pragmatic about the funding decision for 2004 which has seen the number of episodes slashed from 40 to just 13. "The format has been around for seven or eight years," he says. "There's only so much you can do with it. It will be interesting to see what replaces it." However, concerns are mounting despite assurances to the contrary that there may not necessarily be anything to replace the world's longest-running queer television show. TVNZ producer Tony Holden announced that the format would be put out for tender at a queer television symposium convened by the state broadcaster in early November. At that time, he committed to the preparation of a programme brief that would be released "soon". There has been no update from Holden or TVNZ on the progress of this since the symposium.    

Credit: News Staff

First published: Sunday, 7th December 2003 - 12:00pm

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