TVNZ has confirmed digital channel TVNZ7 will be closed in June next year.
It comes after Broadcasting Minister Jonathan Coleman said the government will not extend funding for TVNZ 7 beyond June 2012.
TVNZ chief executive Rick Ellis said he was proud of the channel’s achievements, but respected the government’s decision.
“TVNZ has been privileged to launch and develop TVNZ 7 over the past 3 years, providing New Zealanders with unique perspectives on the issues of today in ways that we cannot otherwise provide through our core channels of TV ONE and TV2,” Ellis said in a statement.
He said he was optimistic the channel’s 20-30 employees would be redeployed to other positions at TVNZ.