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Excerpt from Carte Blanche by Jessica Pitchford

Carte BlancheIn this excerpt from the introduction to Jessica Pitchford’s book, Carte Blanche, George Mazarakis, executive producer of the show, writes that broadcasting is a collective effort. “In over 33 years as a broadcaster, I have never brought anything to air on my own,” Mazarakis writes. “This book is about that process and those individuals.”

Mazarakis explains that Pitchford’s book is a celebration of 25 years of storytelling and will introduce you to the people behind the stories.

George Mazarakis:

In over 33 years as a broadcaster, I have never brought anything to air on my own. Broadcasting is a collective effort. As viewers, we never, ever sit in front of a screen and watch a show that has been made by one person. It simply isn’t possible. The sense of TEAM that is Carte Blanche is, to my mind, the one aspect that makes the show what it is. Carte Blanche is not the kind of show one can easily box into a genre; it is not simply a current affairs show, or a magazine show, or an entertainment show, or an investigative show, while being all of those things at once. It has many different elements, and these are defined by the personalities who get involved in the making of the show.

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