Media industry veteran Paul Norris has died today after
battling a long illness.
Norris started his long career in the media industry in 1964
in England where he worked on the Sunday Express and later at
the BBC, according to the NZ on Screen website.
He returned to New Zealand in 1987 to a role at TVNZ as the
director of news and current affairs.
He was credited with pairing up newsreaders Judy Bailey and
Richard Long, who fronted One News together for 15 years.
Norris was also behind the rise of Paul Holmes and had a hand
in recruiting him, NZ on Screen said.
After about 10 years at TVNZ, Norris moved to the academic
world, heading the NZ Broadcasting School in Canterbury, a
role he stayed in for 16 years.
During that time and until recently, Norris has been a noted
media commentator, writing about media ownership, media
ethics and changes in public broadcasting, NZ on Screen said.