TV ca­reer very re­ward­ing

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCLEAY

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.

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