Taxpayer saves $24 on second season of The GC

the-gcLast year NZ On Air gave $419,408 to fund the production of the highly criticised and reasonably well rating The GC on TV3.  This year, Te Mangai Paho has come to the party with a budget that is almost identical to bring another wonderful season to our screens.

The Board of Te Mangai Paho has announced their funding decisions from the third and final funding round for the 2012 / 2013 year.

Chief Executive, John Bishara acknowledges there will be considerable interest in one of the funded programmes, “The GC”, which will screen on TV3 later this year.

Black Inc Media Ltd will receive $419,384 (plus GST) for the second series of “The GC” and Mr Bishara is confident this company will provide the Maori language and Maori cultural components TMP requires.

Mr Bishara said that Black Inc Media have a proven track of performance in delivering high quality programmes to mainstream broadcasters. While the show
secured huge ratings for TV3 in its first series, more importantly for TMP was the fact that 92,000 Maori viewers followed the show.

“The show has a proven ability to attract a large Maori audience, particularly a young Maori audience. If “The GC” contributes to TMP’s aims and reaches our target
audience, it would be hard to see why we would not grasp this opportunity” he said.

In pitching the new series to Te Mangai Paho, the show’s producers (Black Inc Media Ltd) developed a Maori language plan which outlines clearly how they will
achieve Maori language and cultural content throughout the programme.

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  • Anon

    How much of the NZoA money was repaid when the show was sold to Australian networks?

  • Daniel

    Who watches this crap? I mean, really?

    • People who don’t have a life.

      • Matt

        Lets have a run down on what you guys watch so the rest of us can pick it to pieces. I think this is going to be like seven sharp. A story will be posted about pleasing ratings and the accompanying comments will be how its a giant failure and should be pulled. I can see it all now.

        • Daniel

          So, I suppose you lap this stuff up? Critics gave this show a good hiding, and so they should have.
          Ratings wise, was it a winner last year? Hardly.

          • Matt

            Nope, didn’t watch a single episode right through to be honest, just bits and pieces here and there. Not my cup of tea.
            I just come from a point of view that just because its not your kind of thing, doesn’t mean its void of merit in funding.
            I hardly think it was a ratings disaster either, it certainly polarized the viewing public I think – which is always a good thing.