There’s certainly a lot that could be done with the thousands of hours of New Zealand culture treasures that are in the TVNZ archive.
And we have been looking very closely at the possibility of launching a Kiwi Classic Channel.
However, rights legislation can make it very hard to use material due to the enormous costs, and at times impossible with older footage to track down and make a deal with the rights holders or their descendants.
I am sure a solution will be found one day, because I can’t imagine that anyone could possibly benefit from material sitting in a archive without much usage – so maybe one day there will indeed be a Kiwi Classics channel.
In the meantime, our soon to launch Family service will have a daily slot dedicated to Classic Kiwi TV which we have manager to clear.
I’ve been reading the ‘TVNZ’ Launch Pad , the blog of Eric Kearley who is the Head of TVNZ’s Digital Channel Launch Team. He has recently written about how archive footage may one day make a channel, and how it will have a slot in ‘Family’ on TVNZ 6.