TVNZ becomes new broadcast partner for Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park

Coca-ColaChristmasintheParkLogoTVNZ is getting into the festive spirit early this year, signing on as the new broadcast partner for this year’s Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park.

It’s a return home for the nation’s favourite Christmas party as TVNZ broadcast its very first production 22 years ago.

The annual outdoor music extravaganza is held in Auckland and Christchurch and features the country’s top music acts and stars by the sleighful.

This year a number of TVNZ faces will be joining the onstage festivities and highlights of the live events will air on TV2 in the lead up to Christmas.

Cola-Cola Christmas in the Park is a great Christmas tradition that puts a huge smile on so many Kiwis’ faces – from the huge crowds that turn out for the live events to the thousands more watching the show together at home,” said TVNZ’s Commercial Director Jeremy O’Brien.

“On stage and onscreen, we’re looking forward to spreading the Christmas cheer wide and far with our friends Coca-Cola. At TVNZ we love sharing and celebrating the moments that matter in the lives of Kiwis – that’s why we’re especially excited about renewing our association with this event that draws in so many people and performers from across New Zealand’s communities,” said O’Brien.

Viewers can look forward to an entertaining and family-friendly 90 minute TV special made for TV2 by Coca-Cola and TVNZ.

“We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Coca-Cola who see the potential for a new future for the show. We will do our utmost to give viewers this year’s most exciting and rewarding Christmas music spectacular on television,” said Andrew Shaw, TVNZ’s General Manager of Commissioning, Production and Acquisitions.

Shaw said the show has broad appeal: “Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park is one of those rare events that appeals to all ages. Grandparents come with the kids and the grandchildren and no doubt they will be the same people who gather on the couch to watch it as well. Clearly 200,000 plus people turning up in all weather, year after year, indicates it has a big audience that want to see it live and on television.”

Over the years Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park has raised millions of dollars for local charities. Money raised from this year’s concert will go to supporting the work of Youthline.

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  • Jay

    Is this the same show that used to be on TV3?

    • H.lua

      Yip same show

  • bobscoffee

    Hopefully they keep the Christmas in Christmas in the Park

  • Mark Wasley

    Yes, this is the same concert that had longed been broadcast on TV3. It makes a change from ex-TVNZ programmes appearing on TV3 (e.g. MasterChef New Zealand, Dancing with the Stars and Kevin McCloud’s Man Made Home), with now an ex-TV3 programme, moving to TVNZ.

    • Jay

      Why (and when) did TV3 stop showing it? I know there was a reason but it escapes me at the moment.

      • Mark Wasley

        I don’t think it is known why TV3 is no longer the broadcast partner.

        According to Stuff, TVNZ held the rights to the show from its inception in 1994, until 2002, when it was taken over by MediaWorks.

        TV3 has broadcast the concert for 13 years.

        This will be the first time, in 14 years, that Christmas in the Park will be on TVNZ.

  • benpaul12

    I wonder what the ratings have been, surely this sort of “variety” type, live show no longer rates?

  • Dave Ian Batten

    This won’t be flash ratings I bet you anything.

  • Mark Wasley

    The ratings have got to be better, than what could be achieved on TV3. TV3’s ratings are terrible at the moment on a number of their programmes.

    • Shannon Ryan

      Yes the only things that have rated well since Campbell Live have been DWTS and Lost and Found. They’re lucky to get over 200,000 these days – these changes really haven’t worked out well. Hopefully Westside will continue to grow next year and turn things around a bit, that is if they do a much better job of scheduling, because right now it’s all over the place.