TV career very rewarding
Working in television gets Paul Fawcett out of bed each morning.
The father of four is currently the managing director of TV Central in Matamata – a family friendly station that prides itself on free-to-air community-based.
He joined the local station in 2001 after working at Pearson Engineering for 10 years and believes working behind the camera is his calling.
Mr Fawcett is currently in charge of sales and marketing but can often be found out on the streets with his camera gathering the local news.
The 48 year old said working at TV Central, formally known as Family Television Network, had been one of the most exciting and rewarding things he had ever done.
‘‘The journey to here has been hard at times but so exciting – no vision comes without its challenges,’’ he said.
‘‘But every day is a success and it is the highlights of the job that keep me motivated.’’
Seeing their team develop and grow is a being
and constant motivator and something he is very passionate about.
‘‘I love being here – It gets me up in the morning. There isn’t a morning that I don’t want to go to work,’’ he said.
‘‘And it has been a privilege to be able to serve our region with an alternative station.’’
Back in 2001 when he began his work with TV Central Mr Fawcett was part time but that soon transitioned to ‘‘seven days a week’’ as his role changed.
‘‘In the early days I did a lot of infrastructure and practical hands-on work then the role transitioned to stuff relating to television like camera work, editing and broadcast systems and then on to sales and marketing now.’’
Mr Fawcett arrived in Matamata 20 years ago with his wife Rhonda.
The pair married in 1985 in Rotorua after they met there while studying. Mr Fawcett is a trained fitter and turner but since working in television has completed a diploma in business studies and papers in human resources.
TV Central is working towards generating more local news and programmes. Currently it airs about 30 per cent local content but wants to increase that to at least 50 per cent. They have an approximate viewership of 550,000 people in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty and 65,000 in Rotorua.
When Mr Fawcett isn’t behind the camera or editing programmes, he likes to spend time at the beach, on the golf course enjoying a game with his son Andre or relaxing in Matamata.
He has always had a soft spot for small towns, having grown up in Ratahi and Te Kuiti, because they are often friendly and welcoming.
‘‘It is neat that when you walk down the street, you know people,’’ he said.