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Paul Holmes interviews Dennis Conner (1st of 2)

With the arrival of TV3 in 1989, TVNZ faced competition in the presentation of news. Their response was to introduce a half-hour current-affairs show fronted by Paul Holmes. Holmes got off to a spectacular start with an interview with America's Cup skipper Dennis Conner. Conner had won back the cup for the San Diego Yacht Club in Fremantle in 1987, and the following year Michael Fay put in a New Zealand challenge with a big boat. Conner responded by racing in a catamaran, which many Kiwis felt was unfair. Holmes challenged Conner about his alleged 'cheating', resulting in the interviewee storming out of the studio. Watch an excerpt from that first episode, which established the show's reputation.

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Trisha Dunleavy, 'Television - News and current affairs', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/45693/paul-holmes-interviews-dennis-conner (accessed 18 November 2019)

Story by Trisha Dunleavy, published 22 Oct 2014