Littlewood, Chic (RIP)
Sad news has reached KiwiTV that Chic died Sunday Jan 11, 2015. Condolences to his family and friends.
Born in England, Chic arrived in New Zealand in 1964 and worked in a bakery to begin with but quickly became involved with all aspects of entertainment.
From his television debut on Have a Shot (1961-?) in 1964, Chic appeared in practically every New Zealand light entertainment show ever produced from Happen Inn (1969-73) to Go For It, as well as at least 500 afternoon appearances with his old sparring partner the puppet Willie McNab, writing and presenting the popular children's shows: Chicaboom (1977-86) aka Chic Chat. The photograph here ((c) David Roberts,Used with permission.) shows him in character from the series The MacKenzie Affair (1977).
In his latter year he appeared on Shortland Street (1992-Now) for three years as Laurie Brash, made guest appearances on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995 - 99), Mercy Peak (2001-4), and had a role in Peter Jackson's version of King King.
Visit NZ on Screen for excerpts from TV2's mid-90s late night news show in which reporter Mark Staufer talks to Chic about his TV career...
Budget 2014: Better access to NZ's TV heritage?
Seems the NZ Government think things need fixing at the TVNZ archive, with plans to transfer guardianship of the archive from TVNZ to the Ministry for Culture and Heritage on 1 August, with the archive managed on a day-to-day basis by the New Zealand Film Archive.
Anyone know the driver behind this - is the Kiwi population up in arms about lack of access, or has TVNZ gotten bored with having to look after the archive, ownership of which was gifted to the SOE without much thought to the idea of it having been a public resource, not a commercial cash cow? There's been no great avalanche of archival material becoming available in the wake to the changes to clearance arrangements several years ago, so will this move make any real difference? Comments please!
The Press Release:
The TVNZ archive, including over 500,000 hours of original New Zealand television, is set to become much more accessible, Broadcasting Minister Craig Foss and Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne say.
The Government is in negotiations to transfer guardianship of the archive from TVNZ to the Ministry for Culture and Heritage on 1 August. It will be managed on a day-to-day basis by the New Zealand Film Archive.
Mr Foss says the Government has set aside $11.3 million capital from the Future Investment Fund and $5.1 million operating funding over four years to purchase and make necessary improvements to the purpose-built archive facility.
In addition, the Government has allocated $8 million operating funding over four years for ongoing management of the archive.
“In keeping with the Government's commitment to provide better public services, this archive contains a unique record of life in New Zealand. It includes news bulletins, current affairs shows, documentaries and classic programmes such as It’s In The Bag, Country Calendar, Play School and Hudson & Halls. The Government is committed to preserving these programmes and making them accessible to all New Zealanders,” Mr Foss says.
"The facility will allow New Zealanders to access greater levels of audio-visual content online. This is great news for teachers, researchers and anyone interested in New Zealand's television heritage and ensures the legacy of New Zealand’s finest, locally-produced television programmes,” Mr Dunne says.
Ownership of the land and archive buildings will pass to the Department of Internal Affairs.
More of the TVNZ Archive to appear online?
As reported earlier (See Budget 2014: Better access to NZ's TV heritage?) The TVNZ archives, which include over 500,000 hours of original New Zealand television, will be managed on a day-to-day basis by Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision – the rebranded New Zealand Film Archives, and as part of this a significant program of digitisation is to begin.
“Until now public access to the TVNZ Archives has been very limited. Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision will begin to digitise the items of highest heritage value and make them available online to all New Zealanders free of charge.
“The first clips are expected to be online before the end of the year, with about 20,000 titles made available over the next three years.
So where does this leave NZOnScreen? Two teams doing similar things sounds good for the lovers of archival TV but a recipe for duplication of resources, overspending, and ministerial enquires. Plus 'online to all New Zealanders' suggests those of us outside the country might be barred access; backwards thinking in the 21st century; The first two Ws stand for World Wide.
The Chief Executive of Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision talked about their plans with Mediawatch (jump to 9:26).
It all sounds a bit vague really.
TVNZ Heartland want suggestions
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Ronald Thomas Bell (Ron) Walton (? - 1999) hosted a children's TV show In the Nature of Things in which he carried out scientific experiments.