With only one channel during the first decade of New Zealand television, news programmes had a major influence on the community. There was high interest in not only the daily bulletins, but also in half-hour current-affairs programmes such as Compass and Gallery. A particularly famous episode of Gallery was in 1970, when the interviewer, Brian Edwards, managed to get Postmaster General Allen McCready and the head of the Post Office union, Ivan Reddish, to agree to go back to mediation. The Post Office workers had been on a 'go slow' in support of wage demands. Edwards won a Feltex award for the best performance by a television frontperson.
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