NZ On Air announces the return of current affairs shows for 2014

nz-on-air-logo-300You’ll recall there was a suggestion that The Nation would not be returning to TV3 next year until their head of News and Current affairs, Mark Jennings, informed us that they were simply bringing the production in house.  Jennings was fairly confident that NZ On Air would come to the party and today’s announcement proves so.

NZ On Air has renewed its commitment to three specialist current affairs programmes for 2014, providing a platform for intelligent discussion and media commentary.

Q + A will return on TVOne in 2014 with its weekly examination of social and political issues. TV3’s The Nation will also be back debating the big issues in a long-form interview format. Both are backed by the Platinum Fund which supports quality content.

Returning to a new channel and now in prime time is the media commentary show Media Matters which has previously been known as Media 7 and Media 3. Moving to Maori Television, Russell Brown and a co-host will put the spotlight on media commentary and developments.

“These programmes bring important perspectives and add real diversity to the current affairs programming mix available to New Zealand audiences,” said NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson.

Funding Details
The Nation, 42 x 1hr, Mediaworks TV, TV3 $899,250
Q + A 2014, 40 x 1hr, TVNZ, TVOne $835,356
Media Matters, 20 x 0.5hr, Top Shelf Productions,

Māori Television

$482,193

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  • Mr Questionhead

    If it’s produced by Top Shelf, how come it’s not on Choice?