14 Tuesday June 21 2016 SELWYN TIMES CTV celebrates 25 years It may seem hard to believe but Christchurch-based television station, CTV, celebrated a milestone last week. CTV News presenter Jared McCulloch reflects on the channel’s history CTV CELEBRATED 25 years of broadcasting last week, making the station the longest-running regional broadcaster. The first broadcast was beamed from TVNZ’s former Gloucester St studios right here in Christchurch. National broadcasting operations were beginning to move north, leaving an empty studio ready for something new – something more. A quick history lesson: For nearly 30 years, viewers around the country had two choices when it came to television. TV One, launching in 1960 as four channels in four major centres, run by the public-broadcasting service of NZBC (which became TVNZ in 1980) and later South Pacific Television (becoming TV2, in 1980) 15 years after the launch of the first channel. By 1985, applications for a third television network were opened. TV3 winning the warrant in 1987 – on-air by 1989, it was the first privately-owned, free-to-air TV station in New Zealand. And two years later, along comes little ol’ Canterbury Television. Sue Wells, sitting at a newlybuilt news studio, welcomed viewers across the region to tune into the new and exciting venture, with a clear focus of being local. Former CTV newsreader and one of the original presenters from 1991 until 1995, Grant Mangin took hold of CTV programme First Report. Some of the faces from the launch have made their way up the chain to national and international levels. Jendy Harper, once showing us Christchurch’s major snow dump in 1992 on CTV, has gone onto to present stories for Campbell Live. Others include John Gillespie, once showing us CTV’s move from one-studio to another in a television item, is now the head of news and current affairs at TVNZ. Plus Jim Hopkins, Rob Cope- Williams, David Di Somma, Raewyn Rasch, Bernadine Oliver- Kerby and Maryanne Jackson – who still works at CTV, just to name a few. Some of the first guests included MP for Christchurch Central Lianne Dalziel, appearing on current affairs show George Balani, and mayor at the time, Vicki Buck. Now half a decade on a lot has changed – new faces, new premises, television switched to digital, the channel began streaming online 24/7 and the news broadcasts live every weeknight on Plains FM 96.9. At one stage, CTV had competition in the local television market, with CHTV and NowTV. 2016: The current face of CTV News Jared McCulloch. PHOTO: TANIA GREEN Long story short, they eventually merged into one. Of course, the most significant event was a tragic one, when 16 colleagues lost their lives when the CTV building collapsed during the February 22, 2011, earthquake. Those fantastic people will never be forgotten. Although CTV has changed hands over the years, it is now part of Star Media, where it continues to thrive. Here’s to all of past and present staff who made CTV what it is today, through the thick and thin. Happy 25th anniversary Canterbury Television! Let the adventure continue. •Watch CTV on Freeview Channel 40 and streaming online at ctv.co.nz JUNE 17, 1991: New Zealand’s first regional television since deregulation four years prior, beams from the Port Hill’s Sugarloaf transmission tower to thousands of Canterbury TV sets. Jendy Harper John Gillespie Sue Wells and Grant Mangin Proud installers of Build your next home with Artisan Homes Your local registered Master Builder Get a Mitsubishi Electric GE42 5.4kW Heat Pump including FREE installation* for just $2,399* *includes cost of back to back install only, conditions apply Phone 0800 324 678 Call now for a free quote Keep up with your local news online selwyntimes.co.nz Karen’s Clothing Alterations & Repairs • Mens & Womens • All work guaranteed • 17 years in Hornby - easy parking at door • Trained tailor - 30 years experience in resizing all garments & ball gowns • Overall zip replacement • Hi-vis vest zip replacement • School uniforms • Feather jacket zips & repairs • Original jean hems LOWer OverHeAdS, beTTer priceS FOr yOu FaSt, FRiendly SeRvice. all trousers hems done same or next day. 397 Main South Road opp Hornby Mall, next to Harcourts ph/Fax 344-0455 | email: firstname.lastname@example.org 5 Broomleigh Drive in Rolleston’s Faringdon Artisan Homes’ show home is open every day (Fri by Appt) 8.30am-5pm Mon-Thur, Fri by appointment, and 12-4pm Sat/Sun. To contact Rob: phone 374 9172, mobile 021 324 876 or email: email@example.com. Plans are viewable in high resolution digital at www.artisanhomes.co.nz Let Rob and his team work with you to produce your own unique plan. Office & Show Home- 5 Broomleigh Drive, Faringdon, Rolleston Phone - 03 374 9172 or Rob 021 324 876 E-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org | www.artisanhomes.co.nz Builders of superior homes.
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