International acclaim for broadcasting graduate

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30 Nov 2012

CPIT New Zealand Broadcasting School (NZBS) graduate Simon Morton has received international acclaim for his programme, Broken River - a collection of post-earthquake stories; winning Gold at the New York Festival Radio Awards in June and highly commended at the Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) Global Media Excellence Awards in London in early November. 

Simon presents and produces Radio New Zealand National's weekly consumer programme ‘This Way Up’ and has also worked for the BBC in London, on National Public Radio in the US, for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and on television for TV1.

CPIT’s NZBS are extremely proud of Simon’s achievements and are fortunate to have him among many industry representatives who regularly present to students and contribute their expertise to the school.

“Simon’s talents have long been recognised at the NZBS to the extent that he is regularly invited to contribute his knowledge and experience to our students. All staff at the NZBS, including some who tutored Simon when he was here, are very proud of what he has achieved,” Manager of NZBS, Tony Simons says.

Simon Morton: The craft of telling the peoples’ stories

CPIT spoke to Simon about his successes and his advice for budding broadcasters.

Why did you decide to create the ‘Broken River’ programme?

“I had thrown my bike on a plane 3 days after the February earthquake – having lived in Christchurch for 10 years I wanted to help out. After a few days I realised that everyone had a story to tell and they were really keen to share their experiences - It was almost part of the rebuilding, the social layer – people wanted to talk. So I called Radio NZ and asked for an audio recorder to be sent down. The idea was to follow the Avon River from its source to the sea and use this arterial waterway as a route. Anyone I met along the way I’d chat to…”

 How did you feel when the programme won Gold in New York?


What does receiving highly commended in the radio documentary category at the AIB Awards mean to you?

“It’s always good to get recognition for stuff you’ve worked on, but the reality is I’m privileged to work at Radio NZ and have the opportunity to produce this type of work.”

How has your CPIT study helped you to get where you are today?

“If I had not gone to CPIT then I would not be at RNZ – it’s that simple.”

What would your advice be to young people looking to enter the broadcasting industry?

“Start making stuff for your local school, university or access radio station - start by hosting a show and playing a few tunes, and see how you go. The great thing about radio is that it is truly a craft and you’re always learning - you can always make a show better.”

Listen to Simon's Broken River programme here.