WATCH: New Zealand leader carries on with TV interview during quake

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern looks up when an earthquake struck during a live television interview in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday morning, May 25, 2020. (Newshub via AP)
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Updated 25 May 2020

WATCH: New Zealand leader carries on with TV interview during quake

  • Jacinda Ardern calmly notes that there’s an earthquake
  • New Zealand PM immediately says it’s fine to continue interview

WELLINGTON, New Zealand: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern barely skipped a beat when an earthquake struck during a live television interview Monday morning.
She interrupted Newshub host Ryan Bridge to tell him what was happening at the parliament complex in the capital, Wellington.
“We’re just having a bit of an earthquake here Ryan, quite a decent shake here,” she said, looking up and around the room. “But, um, if you see things moving behind me.”
New Zealand sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is sometimes called the Shaky Isles for its frequent quakes.
Monday’s magnitude 5.6 quake struck in the ocean about 100 kilometers (62 miles) northeast of Wellington, according to the US Geological Survey.
The quake hit just before 8 a.m. and was felt by thousands of New Zealanders who were getting ready to start their work weeks. It was strong enough to rattle food from shelves and stop train services.
But there were no reports of major damage or injuries.
Ardern continued on with her interview, telling the host the shaking had stopped.
“We’re fine Ryan,” she said. “I’m not under any hanging lights, I look like I’m in a structurally sound place.”
Ardern, who has been leading the country’s health and economic response to the coronavirus pandemic, said later that the thought going through her head when the quake struck was: “Are you serious?”
A 2011 quake in the city of Christchurch killed 185 people and destroyed much of the downtown area. The city is continuing to rebuild.

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MBC exec Johannes Larcher appointed head of HBO Max International

Updated 10 July 2020

MBC exec Johannes Larcher appointed head of HBO Max International

  • He will join the business in August and oversee the global rollout of the new streaming service
  • In addition to the experience he gained at MBC, Larcher has worked for Yahoo, Hulu and Lionsgate International

DUBAI: Johannes Larcher, the managing director of MBC Group’s streaming service Shahid, has been appointed head of HBO Max International.
He will join the business in August and oversee the global rollout of the new streaming service, which launched in the US on May 27. The first international version of the service is expected to debut in Latin America in 2021.
In addition to the experience he gained at MBC, Larcher has worked for Yahoo, Hulu and Lionsgate International. He also led start-ups Academy123 and Pikum, which were acquired by Discovery Communications and Sportech respectively.
“Living at the crossroads of digital technology and content, I’m thrilled to help create unforgettable entertainment experiences for consumers in international markets and make HBO Max an indispensable streaming service around the world,” he said.
In his new role, Larcher will report to Gerhard Zeiler, WarnerMedia’s chief revenue officer and president of WarnerMedia International Networks.
“I got to know Johannes as a passionate entrepreneur,” said Zeiler. “His leadership skills, together with his strong direct-to-consumer and digital experience, international business foundations and tech expertise give him the perfect background to drive the growth of HBO Max beyond the US.”