Dixon lives the life

Author’s note: This article published in 2014.

Long Bay Baptist church member and former television producer, Grant Dixon, has filmed a documentary on the road with his family and friends. The completed film is almost ready for broadcast on Shine TV.

The experienced producer says the idea behind Turning 60: A Road Trip-enjoying the journey was to test the concept.

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Dixon inspires

Author’s note: This article published 2015.

Grant Dixon, a documentary producer and Baptist church member, sees the coming decade of broadcasting on internet as similar to the first few years of NZ on Air. Then, when broadcasting was all new, there was an opportunity for newbies to get in on the bottom floor. When TV3 began, they were willing to take risks to break the TVNZ stranglehold.  

According to Dixon, the internet is now in a similar wild-west time.

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Tell a story

I know there is a lot of bad news about, but if you turn on the television news, you’ll get some more. While there is a dearth of good television broadcasting, I am, strangely enough, watching the news more than ever. That is the current events. There is one channel I like, but the other one I don’t that much. While watching that one, I noticed a hidden niche for writers that hasn’t been tapped into that much. While the presenters weren’t telling us about how bad shape America is, they were recycling people’s dirty laundry. I saw the potential for a competitor — positive stories, done with charm and imagination. I know that half the world is in bad shape–but there has got to some good despite the dross? Do something differently positive to the latest fall from grace of a politician.

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Media today

Is a product filling your media needs? Do you even have media needs, but still peruse the newspapers and websites for the latest piece of information? Me personally, I have media needs now. I want to know what’s going with the biggest story of the day: Covid-19. But even when I don’t have a big need for media, I’m still curious. The media is everywhere and provide the most seductive stories for good or ill. The Covid-19 stories are naturally seductive as this effects all of us. I’m finding the Covid-19 stories quite informative and interesting as well. I’m not trying to gauge the big picture, but gathering day-by-day the information that I need. With this issue, the media has been helpful and informative for me — while at other times it may not — and for everyone because we need to be up to date on this issue, for our safety and security. However, it can become too much when I get “depressed” by Covid-19 stories, so I tend to take a break then and keep my media to a minimum. In the end, I am only engaging the essential information, on an issue I need to know about. This is one time I need the media and want to know more, but must keep a check on when the negative creeps back in.