Southern TV bans Express Report - 21-Jan-1996
Southern Television has said it will not screen Express Report, the first gay and lesbian lifestyle programme, after concerns that it wouldn't be well received by viewers and it could jeopardise advertising revenue, general manager Bevan Rickerby said.
Dunedin Mayor, Sukhi Turner, said the reasons for canning the programme are wrong and she doesn't want the rest of New Zealand to think Dunedin is living in the past.
Mr Rickerby said he made the decision not to take the programme. It was based on "solicited and unsolicited comments" he had gained from the public that they did not want to watch it.
The programme is produced by Horizon Pacific Television, which owns the regional channels, and Express Newspaper.The programme will be shown on its regional channels in Auckland, Waikato-Bay of Plenty, Wellington and Christchurch.
The first programme is due to go on air on Monday February 5th at 10pm.