2015-12-16Since the brand refresh of Campbell Live worked so well at the start of the year, Mediaworks have shelled out more Oakbridge capital to give their corporate image a new lick of paint.

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seven-sharp-logoWhen we consider how bad the ratings have been for a number of shows this year, it’s hard to believe there could be any silver lining for anyone. While the bottom has fallen out of much of the audience levels TV3 and TV2’s programming with 3 News, Campbell Live, Masterchef, Dancing With the Stars, Shortland Street and Home and Away, to name a few, haemorrhaging viewers, there have been a couple of stand outs that really have bucked the trend and turned things around on 2014. Especially when you consider Continue reading »

Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams has announced a range of board appointments to some of New Zealand’s iconic broadcasting institutions.

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Anna_MoreFM_WildcardwinnerMore FM is pleased to announce Nelson-born Anna Marshall as their bachelorette Wildcard winner for season two of The Bachelor New Zealand.

This makes Anna the first bachelorette to be announced for the 2016 season.

The More FM Wildcard proudly brought to you by Michael Hill, ensured that Anna was put through her paces by More FM’s Lana and Jase in an intensive week-long boot camp along with four other hopefuls. Continue reading »

nz-on-air-640A new series that promises to be a ‘bold voice in Māori current affairs’ has been supported by NZ On Air as part of its ongoing Platinum Fund support for specialist current affairs programmes.

Minority Reports (working title), to be presented by respected broadcast journalist Mihingarangi Forbes, will screen on TV3 on Sunday mornings and be available on demand shortly after. The producers have promised current affairs investigations, arts, and culture stories seen through an indigenous lens. The series is co-funded with Te Māngai Paho and will be supported by TV3.

Two long-running political current affairs series will also return in 2016, The Nation on TV3 and Q + A on TVOne. Continue reading »

NicSampsonNeillReaFernSutherlandTheBrokenwoodMysteriesSeason2Episode3The homegrown murder-mystery series The Brokenwood Mysteries will be back for a third season with the support of New Zealand on Air (NZOA).

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On Friday, NZ On Air had their latest funding decision meeting. Very shortly we will hear whether Mediaworks have managed to convince the state funding body to pour millions of dollars into a new locally made soap for TV3. But is it the right time to be launching a new soap opera in New Zealand? Sure, it’ll be great for jobs in the short term, but are people still watching these types of shows?

Today, lets take a look at the ratings for both Shortland Street and Home and Away. Shortland Street has been the biggest success story of local drama for more than two decades on New Zealand Television. It has anchored TV2’s weeknight line up and delivered consistent ratings but as we explored recently, TV2 has suffered with a drop in channel share of 20% in 2010 to only 13% in 2015.

While Shortland Street is still the most watched show on TV2 for the majority of the week, it usually has the highest average audience in the key 25-54 demo.

However, 2015 has seen a slump in the viewership stakes with one of the biggest falls we’ve observed. Continue reading »

Coca-ColaChristmasintheParkLogoNew Zealand’s annual festive television special Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park, tonight kicks off TV’s Christmas programming on TV2.

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Here are a few take aways from the 2015 Rugby World Cup

The most watched pool game was the All Blacks vs Tonga with an average audience of 600,850 viewers.

The least watched pool game was between Canada and Romania. The average audience for this match was less than a thousand people. Continue reading »

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PRIME_NEWS_LOGO_First at 530At the start of 2015 it was announced that Mediaworks would be producing Prime’s 5:30pm nightly news bulletin. As the 3 News ratings fell, there was excitement from some quarters when Prime outrated TV3’s 6pm bulletin.

But how has Prime News performed really? Well there is some good news and some bad news. Compared to last year, the average audience for Prime News is up 6% to approximately 137,000 viewers per night. Continue reading »