A very sad announcement

While this news is unsurprising, this is not news worth celebrating.

We have a fantastic Television industry in New Zealand and this announcement means a whole lot of talented people won’t be recognised publicly by their peers for their outstanding work.

ThinkTV, the convenor of the 2012 New Zealand Television Awards, has announced the end of the annual Awards following discussions with its major partners TVNZ and MediaWorks.

The Awards have been through some turbulent times in the last few years with the loss of a key sponsor in 2011 and with the Screen Directors’ Guild of New Zealand pulling out of what was the joint Film and Television Awards at the beginning of 2012.

ThinkTV, on behalf of its members, would like to thank the judges, contestants, associated sponsors and the many others for the time and effort they have contributed to making the awards the success that they have been for the last five years.

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Regan is one of the co-founders of Throng Media.
If they're on, I'm usually watching Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, 24, Battlestar Galactica, The X Factor, Survivor, House of Cards, Mad Men and the NRL.
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  • The NZ television awards have long had a bumpy history, being organised by different groups, going by different names, and sometimes teaming up with the film awards. Maybe that’s part of its charm!

    I’d like to see something similar to what happened with the film awards. The Screen Directors Guild pulled out, so Hugh Sundae and Ant Timpson stepped in with the Sorta Unofficial Film Awards, which turned out to be a lot of fun and respectfully honoured the year in film. So, are there any keen television fans willing to organise something?