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NZ journalist Edwin Maher, the first Western news anchor on Chinese state television, has received China’s highest honour for foreigners. Maher was awarded the Chinese government’s “Friendship Award” in a ceremony at the Great Hall of the People. Maher has been the Western face of Chinese broadcasting since 2003, when he was hired by China Central Television’s English Channel (CCTV-9). He has often been criticised by his Western contemporaries for being a mouthpiece for China’s communist leadership. “You can never please everybody all of the time,” he says in response. “But you can try within the parameters of the system and environment that the broadcasters operate to provide a better standard of news bulletin.” Maher began his broadcasting career in Wellington in 1965 at what is now Radio New Zealand National. He also worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for nearly 20 years.


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The Artist Thomas Monckton Wonderfully Funny

The Artist Thomas Monckton Wonderfully Funny

“Thomas Monckton has been performing his circus-informed, clown-honed show The Artist since 2017, and it shows. This physical theatre performance, now in its final outing at Sydney Festival following a…