Carol HirschfeldRadio New Zealand CEO Paul Thompson has announced that Carol Hirschfeld, the former General Manager Production for Maori TV, is to join Radio New Zealand as Head of Content and Radio New Zealand Networks Presentation Manager, John Howson, has been appointed to the new role as Head of Radio.

This news comes on the back of restructuring at Maori Television and Hirschfeld’s decision not to accept the position of head of internal productions or to apply for the role of head of programming and production at the organisation. Chief Executive Paora Maxwell has acknowledged her contribution to Maori Television since joining the organisation in 2009. Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Castle: 72250 (TV ONE, 9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  2. Wentworth: 57900 (TV2, 8:30pm – 9:35pm)
  3. Criminal Minds: 48580 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  4. Grey’s Anatomy: 32650 (TV2, 9:35pm – 10:35pm)
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hbo-logoI’ve been thinking about this for a while now and wondering how long it would take before the likes of HBO and Showtime realised that there is money to be made in direct to consumer relationships without the need for broadcast or cable deals. As it turns out, this may now not be too far away as both HBO and Showtime are signalling the move is on the horizon.

Earlier in the month, CBS CEO Les Moonves told investors that there was a “very strong possibility” that Showtime will be offered directly to consumers over the Internet. Time Warner’s Chief Executive also moved that “up until now” the broadband-only opportunity wasn’t at the point where it would be smart to move the focus from the existing strategy but now concedes that the broadband opportunity is quite a bit bigger. Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 673,680 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 533,080 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Fair Go: 532,690 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Seven Sharp: 486,530 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Purina Pound Pups To Dog Stars: 479,050 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)

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Last night, John Campbell had an exclusive interview with Labour Party leader hopeful David Cunliffe on Campbell Live. The interview was a bit of a coup for Cunliffe who, after leading the Labour Party to one of their worst results ever, is hoping to be given the nod over challenger Grant Robertson.

While you’d expect there to be equal air time for general election rivals, a party primary doesn’t necessarily require a fair share of coverage by broadcasters. Nonetheless, Robertson sent out this somewhat embarrassing tweet, practically begging for some prime time exposure.

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Prime TV’s new local series The Brokenwood Mysteries charmed Kiwi viewers last night to give the channel its highest Sunday night rating in the 8.30pm timeslot all year.

Nearly 200,000 viewers watched Detective Inspector Mike Shepherd (Neill Rea) and his off-sider Detective Kristin Sims (Fern Sutherland) solve the first suspicious death in Brokenwood last night – double Prime’s normal ratings in this time slot.

Prime achieved a 13% share in the 5+ demographic, similar to the international blockbuster movie Prometheus on TV3 which also screened last night. Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Call The Midwife: 70740 (TV ONE, 8:35pm – 9:45pm)
  2. A Place to Call Home: 70200 (TV ONE, 9:45pm – 10:45pm)
  3. My Kitchen Rules New Zealand: 29120 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:35pm)
  4. The Musketeers: 26770 (the BOX, 7:30pm – 8:35pm)
  5. The Dark Knight Rises: 20690 (TV2, 8:35pm – 11:55pm) Continue reading »

Paul Henry was on vacation again last week and it looks like his viewers were too. TV3′s late night news and current affair program The Paul Henry Show, lost a quarter of the previous week’s average audience to 87,416 viewers per night. Only Thursday managed to deliver more than 100,000 viewers.

Well ahead was TV One’s Tonight, despite falling 16% to an average audience of 106,720 viewers per night.

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It was an 8% drop in the average audience for Seven Sharp last week to 462,234 as the final week before daylight savings kicked in along with the post election coverage. Campbell Live maintained their average audience with a slight decrease to 231,668 viewers per night.

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