The death of Sir Paul Holmes yesterday morning likely signals
the passing of an ''old-school'' style of broadcasting based
on forthright views as opposed to ''market research'', a
University of Otago media lecturer says.
Sir Paul died at home, only two weeks after receiving his
knighthood. He was 62.
Otago University department of media, film and communication
lecturer Brett Nicholls said part of the reason why Sir Paul
gained his place as a New Zealand media star was because he
had ''forthright'' views and ''you knew where you stood with
''For whatever you want to say about Holmes' particular
leanings, he was quite forthright in what he had to say,'' he
Sir Paul's death likely signalled the passing of the
''old-school'' broadcaster, unafraid to express their
viewpoint on the air.
''It's a totally different world these days ... Things are
run by market research and audience statistics ... and guys
running round with suits and clipboards saying `we need to
pitch things to an audience'.''
It was unlikely anyone like Sir Paul would come along again,
''It's a different kind of media personality these days.''
This could be seen in the difference between Paul Henry - who
made his name by saying ''outrageous things'' - and Sir Paul,
whose broadcasting had more ''content'' to back it up.
Veteran Dunedin broadcaster Neil Collins, who had met Sir
Paul many times over the years, said he was a ''craftsman''
on the air and the best broadcaster the country had seen,''He
treated his interview subjects fairly and firmly at the same
time,'' Mr Collins said.
''I think he was an exceptional broadcaster, the likes which
we hadn't known before.''