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Hillary State Funeral: International Live Coverage

Date: Wednesday 16 January 2008 for Immediate Release – 2 pages

State Funeral for Sir Edmund Hillary
International Live Coverage

Radio New Zealand will provide extensive coverage of the state funeral for Sir Edmund Hillary from St. Mary’s Church in Auckland on Tuesday 22nd January.

As the official radio broadcaster Radio New Zealand will ensure New Zealanders all over the world have the opportunity to be part of a very significant time of national reflection and commemoration.

Radio New Zealand will broadcast the entire service live and will live-stream via the Radio New Zealand website for international audiences, allowing New Zealanders living or holidaying overseas to share this important occasion with their friends and families back home.

People in the Pacific and parts of South East Asia listening on short wave will be able to tune in to Radio New Zealand International on the frequencies of 15,720 kHz for the analogue service, and 17,675 kHz for DRM.

For those unable to listen to Radio New Zealand’s live coverage, a recording of the service will be available on the website to be replayed as audio-on-demand and as a podcast.

Radio New Zealand coverage will begin from 6.00 am on Tuesday morning ( NZ time ). Morning Report and Nine to Noon will use respected senior broadcasters including Geoff Robinson and Jack Perkins and a team of news reporters in the lead up to live coverage of the funeral service which will commence at 10.30 am.

The Radio New Zealand website is featuring several audio on demand programmes covering the life and times of Sir Edmund Hillary, including an obituary by Morning Report’s Geoff Robinson and two special documentaries produced by Jack Perkins for Radio New Zealand National.
Everest And Beyond, a tribute to the extraordinary life and achievements of Sir Edmund Hillary was first broadcast on Friday 11th January and It’s One Thing To Climb A Mountain is a special three-part series tracing the late Sir Edmund Hillary’s extraordinary life from the conquest of Everest onwards.
The programmes highlight the largely untold stories of those who were shoulder-to-shoulder with Sir Ed on his expeditions to remote corners of the world and during his humanitarian activities with Nepal’s Sherpa people.


Editors Note: In the interests of allowing full coverage of Sir Edmund Hillary's life and work, Radio New Zealand will grant broadcasters and other media free non-commercial non-exclusive license to use audio in live broadcasts and packaged material on the internet (including podcasts).
Terms and conditions of use are available on the Radio New Zealand website.


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