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Jesse Mulligan to Defend “worst TV show ever made”

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30 April 2013
Jesse Mulligan to Defend “worst TV show ever made”
Seven Sharp presenter Jesse Mulligan returns to his hometown of Hamilton next month to talk to the Wintec Press Club about his strange and dramatic experience of working in the “eye of the storm”.
As a presenter of the TVNZ show, Mulligan has faced criticism and derision from critics who have described the programme as “the worst TV show ever made anywhere in the world”.
Mulligan, who went to Hillcrest High School in Hamilton, is looking forward to spilling the beans about working on the show.
“I reckon Seven Sharp has been the most talked about local show since Shortland Street,” he says.
Jesse is looking forward to setting the record straight on a few things, sharing some of the stuff that nobody’s heard about, and talking about what it’s been like in the eye of the storm.
Steve Braunias, the Editor in Residence at Wintec’s School of Media Arts says he’s thrilled that Mulligan accepted his invitation to appear at the Wintec Press Club.
“It certainly seems that Seven Sharp is an abomination, a disgrace, represents a new low in New Zealand journalism, and is quite possibly the worst TV show ever made anywhere in the world”.
“But Jesse is a nice fellow. He’s also smart, funny, honest and open. It should be fascinating to hear his views.”
Mulligan will speak for about 30 minutes at the Press Club luncheon, followed by a question and answer session with the audience.
An invite-only audience of about 100 is expected to attend the lunchtime event to be held on Friday, May 10, at the Ferrybank Convention Centre on the banks of the Waikato River.
The Wintec Press Club, administered by the School of Media Arts, stages three public events each year.  Past speakers have included John Campbell, Michael Laws, Robyn Malcolm, the late Sir Paul Holmes, and the late Greg King.
Braunias, who writes for Metro magazine, and is a columnist with the Waikato Times, says he aims to invite guest speakers who will appeal to Wintec’s journalism students – and other guests, including VIPs from politics, sport and entertainment.
In the past, the guest list has included Marcus Lush, Sarah Ulmer, Dame Malvina Major, Labour leader David Shearer, Sir Colin Meads, and also models, entertainers, newspaper editors, and other high achievers.

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