Television New Zealand yesterday reported an increase in After Tax Profit for the year ended 30 June 2012 – from $2.1 million in the prior year to $14.2 million.

Advertising revenue was $313.7 million, up $9 million on the prior year and TVNZ increased its share of television advertising revenue to 62.2% from 61.6% in the prior year and secured 92% of the total market growth for the 12 months ended 30 June 2012.

Underlying earnings of $27.9 million decreased by just under $4 million on the previous financial year.  Increases in the cost of television programming, particularly overseas programming, were the primary driver of lower underlying earnings. Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 716,800 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Border Security: 680,690 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. Shortland Street: 592,830 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. The Force: 564,520 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  5. My Kitchen Rules: 549,020 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:40pm) Continue reading »

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Nigel Godfrey as a new contributor to Throng.

We’ve been fans of Nigel’s work since we met him on the set of New Zealand Idol 8 years ago.  He has a wealth of TV industry experience and plenty to say about it so we look forward to his thoughts and commentary.

Nigel Godfrey made both his West End and Television debuts at the age of 13 during the year of the Queen’s first jubilee. After leaving Alleyn’s School he starred as Kipps at the Westminster Theatre in Half a Sixpence and followed this with lead roles in both Oh What a  Lovely War and The Boyfriend at London’s Golden Lane Theatre. In 1986 and 1987 he worked with The Miss World Group and Thames Television on Miss UK, Miss Great Britain and The International Final of Miss World – broadcast LIVE from The Royal Albert hall to an estimated audience of 500 Million. Nigel Continued to work for Thames Television until 1988 when he decided to move to Sydney. Continue reading »

Criticism of the Sports News coverage of The Paralympics on our main channels is completely unwarranted and the difference between sports coverage and sports news coverage needs to be recognised and understood. All the major networks have included news items on paralympic success within their main bulletins and they have then revisited those stories in their sports news segments.

One has to keep in mind the question, “What is television news ?” The parameters here are no different to other countries. Recently when pitching a story in europe to a London based television news organisation I was told, “if it bleeds it leads”, and watching the UK’s main bulletins at 6pm, which incidentally run between 15 minutes and 30 minutes, I can guarantee that their sports news coverage would not be any more comprehensive than ours in relation to The Paralympics, and let’s not forget they are holding the event. Continue reading »

True Blood to get shorter sixth season

True Blood is getting a shorter sixth season, comprising of only 10 episodes rather than the usual 12. The change is to fit in with Anna Paquin’s pregnancy.

DH actor joins Grey’s Anatomy

Desperate Housewives actor Steven Culp has joined the cast of Grey’s Anatomy. The actor has nabbed a recurring role in the ninth season of the medical drama. Continue reading »

Kiwi football fans will be without live coverage of some of the All Whites’ crucial qualifying matches for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The Oceania Football Confederation has advised that coverage of the three All Whites away matches on Sky TV will be limited to highlights packages.

The September 7, October 12 and March 26 away matches will not have live broadcasts produced due to the cost of production in the Solomon Islands, Tahiti and New Caledonia. Continue reading »

The Commerce Commission has told Sky TV that further investigation is needed into its content arrangements with internet service providers.

The first stage of the investigation has been completed but the regulator sees fit to dig a little deeper into the company’s agreements.

Sky TV CEO John Fellet told the NBR this week that he saw how it could take the Commission a while “to get to grips with deal points that have been in our contracts for a decade.”

“We’d rather it just be done,” he said. Continue reading »

So, are Air New Zealand just part of the marketing hype for The Ridges or is this payback for Sally and Jamie Jaime flying with someone else?

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Cancerman The Milan Brych Affair: 20320 (TV ONE, 9:30pm – 11:30pm)
  2. Rescue Special Operations: 14970 (PRIME, 10:45pm – 11:45pm)
  3. 60 Minutes: 13140 (TV3, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. The Big Bang Theory: 12320 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Nothing Trivial: 11300 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:30pm) Continue reading »

Are you a fan of Shortland Street?  Do like playing doctors and nurses?  Would you like to set your bedroom up like a hospital ward?  Now you can!

Shortland Street is giving you the chance to own a real life piece of television history with the auction of this fully functional hospital bed. This bed has lived in the Shortland Street ED department for the last twenty years, quietly watching all the drama, action and secrets of NZ’s favourite serial drama.

The bed is circa 1960’s and is in an “as is where is” state. NB: The actors pictured are not included in the auction and the winner will need to collect the item from South Pacific Pictures Studio Lot in West Auckland.

Bed Dimensions
Length: 2035mm
Width: 630mm

All proceeds of this sale go directly to the Starship Spring Clean.