In 2011 more than 11,000 hours of New Zealand programme content
screened on our television channels, with more than 8,000 hours of that
being brand new programmes.

The latest Local Content Report from NZ On Air shows 37 per cent of
prime time hours on the six major free to air television stations was
Kiwi content.

Overall local content increased by 3.1 per cent on 2010 figures –  an extra 338 hours of home-grown TV. Continue reading »

US TV network CBS has announced it’s official list of what shows will be renewed and there are some big name shows missing from the list. Namely 2 and a Half Men.

Apparently Warner Bros are in preliminary negotiations regarding ordering more seasons. As Chuck Lorre said earlier this week, “It’s unusual when they cancel a show that’s in the Top 10, so I think there’s hope… [but] everybody’s gotta sign back up” — namely, Ashton Kutcher.

Also missing from the list are Unforgettable, Rules of Engagement, A Gifted Man, CSI:NY and CSI: Miami.

Here are the official renewed shows

2 Broke Girls
The Big Bang Theory
How I Met Your Mother
Mike & Molly

Blue Bloods
Criminal Minds
The Good Wife
Hawaii Five-0
The Mentalist
NCIS: Los Angeles
Person of Interest

48 Hours Mystery
60 Minutes
The Amazing Race
Undercover Boss

Filming has begun on Chelsea New Zealand’s Hottest Home Baker, and with a record number of applicants, the latest season is shaping up to be sweeter than ever!

TV3’s popular baking contest returns to our screens this year with tougher challenges, new contestants and a new judge, Julia Crownshaw – who believes that baking is not simply an art but a science.

Julia Crownshaw has an honours degree in food science, and has worked in product development in the UK and New Zealand, most recently as co-founder of the award-winning Dollop Puddings.

Sue Woodfield – Head of Factual Production at MediaWorks, says Crownshaw brings a new flavour to the series.
“Julia’s back ground in Food Science, gives her a fantastically technical way of looking at baking,” she says.
“Julia understands the science behind ingredients and how different combinations and seemingly small details can alter the final product intrinsically.
“She’s also a proven expert when it comes to taste with the success of her specialty dessert company, not to mention a natural in front of the camera!”
Crownshaw says she has high expectations for the series – and high standards.
“I am expecting the level of baking to be exceptionally high and will be looking to get the most out of our contestants,” she says.
“Baking has made a retro comeback of late, so let’s really show New Zealand what can be achieved.”
And she has a warning for this year’s finalists:
“I am going to be particularly hot on both the science and technical understanding of baking, and the creativity of what they are presenting us with,” she says.
“So I am throwing down the gauntlet, I want to be surprised and delighted!”
Julia joins host Colin Mathura-Jeffree and fellow judge, international baker and pâtissier, Dean Brettschneider, both whom are returning for their third series.
Chelsea New Zealand’s Hottest Home Baker returns to TV3 in the very near future.

The flamboyant and fabulous Colin Mathura-Jeffree is a model and actor, best known as the wild haired, lamington-throwing judge on New Zealand’s Next Top Model.
Colin has worked in the fashion industry for the past 20 years both in New Zealand and internationally, frequently modelling in India, the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia.
He starred in the Bollywood movie Love Has No Language with Miss India Celina Jaitley, and was the horse riding, sword-wielding King of India in Xena: Warrior Princess as well as recently having guest roles on America’s Next Top Model and TV3’s Would I Lie To You?
Dean Brettschneider is a professional baker. After completing his apprenticeship in New Zealand, he worked in the US, Britain, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, gaining experience in all areas of the baking world.
Today, Dean is regarded as one of the best bakers on the planet. Following some years based in Shanghai, Dean is now working from Denmark, Britain and Singapore, but still visits New Zealand regularly and has bakery interests in Auckland, Shanghai and his newly-opened establishment in Singapore. Dean’s 10 baking books have won World Food Media Awards and Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.
Julia Crownshaw graduated from Otago University with an honours degree in food science. She has a background in product development, having worked for Tip Top New Zealand, and with a high-end chocolate company in the UK.
Julia is also the co-founder of the award-winning Dollop Puddings, She began the business just two years ago with a friend, on her return from Europe.

The Screen Directors’ Guild of NZ has confirmed that the Film categories in the Aotearoa Film & Television Awards are unlikely to play a part in this year’s event, after funding constraints have forced a review of its priorities this year.

The Awards have been jointly organised by the Guild and ThinkTV for the past four years. Together they’ve developed an iconic annual event, which has become a major feature of the screen industry calendar each year.

Guild Executive Director Anna Cahill said it was disappointing to bring to a close the partnership, but funding and resource constraints in the current environment  has meant the Guild has had to rethink its priorities, and to put more of its efforts into skill development and training for directors and editors.

Ms Cahill said that the Guild will be consulting with the NZ Film Commission and other film industry participants to find alternative ways to celebrate the film industry’s successes each year.

Chief Executive Rick Friesen says ThinkTV is committed to supporting a continuation of the Television awards portion of the event.

Most watched

  1. One News: 580,100 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 565,890 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Fair Go: 456,450 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. The Big Bang Theory: 454,260 (TV2, 8:35pm – 9:05pm)
  5. Two and a Half Men: 452,050 (TV2, 7:35pm – 8:05pm)

Most watched evening (7.30pm – 11pm)

  1. Fair Go: 456,450 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  2. The Big Bang Theory: 454,260 (TV2, 8:35pm – 9:05pm)
  3. Two and a Half Men: 452,050 (TV2, 7:35pm – 8:05pm)
  4. SPCA Rescue: 424,540 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  5. 2 Broke Girls: 388,250 (TV2, 8:05pm – 8:35pm)

Most watched daytime (9am – 5pm)

  1. H20 Just add water: 149,620 (TV2, 4:00pm – 4:30pm)
  2. The Erin Simpson Show: 118,970 (TV2, 3:55pm – 4:00pm)
  3. Spongebob Squarepants: 111,790 (TV2, 3:25pm – 3:55pm)
  4. Emmerdale: 105,270 (TV ONE, 1:00pm – 1:30pm)
  5. ONE News Midday: 99,990 (TV ONE, 12:00pm – 12:30pm)

Most watched on TV ONE

  1. One News: 580,100 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Fair Go: 456,450 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. SPCA Rescue: 424,540 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Close Up: 405,330 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Winners & Losers: 379,220 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)

Most watched on TV2

  1. Shortland Street: 565,890 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. The Big Bang Theory: 454,260 (8:35pm – 9:05pm)
  3. Two and a Half Men: 452,050 (7:35pm – 8:05pm)
  4. 2 Broke Girls: 388,250 (8:05pm – 8:35pm)
  5. Happy Endings: 291,020 (9:05pm – 9:30pm)

Most watched on TV3

  1. Road Madness: 352,030 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  2. 3 News: 311,400 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  3. World’s Deadliest Roads: 275,880 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. Sons Of Anarchy: 236,630 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  5. The Almighty Johnsons: 209,310 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)

Most watched on FOUR

  1. The Simpsons: 110,460 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. Futurama: 62,970 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)
  3. How I Met Your Mother: 48,950 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. Outsourced: 44,420 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  5. The Biggest Loser: 41,120 (8:30pm – 10:20pm)

Most watched on PRIME

  1. Prime Evening News: 152,410 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  2. Case Histories: 115,440 (8:35pm – 10:45pm)
  3. Deal or No Deal: 80,550 (5:00pm – 5:30pm)
  4. Secret War: 71,630 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  5. Deal or No Deal: 42,140 (6:00pm – 6:30pm)

The Crowd Goes Wild: 23,110 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched on the BOX

  1. Criminal Minds: 42,700 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  2. Law & Order: 25,740 (10:30pm – 11:30pm)
  3. CSI:NY: 25,380 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)

Most watched on TV3 Plus 1

  1. Road Madness: 27,260 (9:00pm – 9:30pm)
  2. The Almighty Johnsons: 25,410 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)

Most watched on SKY Sport 2

  1. Deaker On Sport: 26,380 (8:30pm – 9:25pm)

Head to head

  • Breakfast (6:00am – 6:30am): 39,820
  • Breakfast (6:30am – 7:00am): 68,620
  • Breakfast (7:00am – 7:55am): 142,130
  • Breakfast (8:00am – 9:00am): 126,040
  • 3 News Firstline (6:00am – 6:25am): 27,280
  • 3 News Firstline (6:30am – 7:00am): 31,860
  • 3 News Firstline (7:00am – 8:00am): 26,970
  • ONE News Midday (12:00pm – 12:30pm): 99,990
  • 3 News at 12 (12:00pm – 12:30pm): 27,030
  • One News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 580,100
  • 3 News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 311,400
  • Close Up (7:00pm – 7:30pm): 405,330
  • Campbell Live (7:00pm – 7:30pm): 162,030
  • Tonight (10:30pm – 11:00pm): 176,440
  • Nightline (10:30pm – 11:05pm): 160,820

Biggest increases (previous week)

  1. Tonight: TV ONE 176440 – up from 114400 (10:30pm – 11:00pm)
  2. Winners & Losers: TV ONE 379220 – up from 318560 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  3. 3 News: TV3 311400 – up from 255230 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  4. World’s Deadliest Roads: TV3 275880 – up from 226370 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  5. Shortland Street: TV2 565890 – up from 517190 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)

Biggest decreases (previous week)

  1. Fair Go: TV ONE 456450 – down from 506510 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  2. 2 Broke Girls: TV2 388250 – down from 423250 (8:05pm – 8:35pm)
  3. ONE News Midday: TV ONE 99990 – down from 126020 (12:00pm – 12:30pm)
  4. America’s Funniest HV: TV2 91750 – down from 116750 (5:00pm – 5:30pm)
  5. The Crowd Goes Wild: PRIME 23110 – down from 47960 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)

Channel Share (All Day)

  • TV ONE: 27.4%
  • SKY Network: 25.5%
  • TV2: 18.9%
  • TV3: 15.3%
  • PRIME: 5.4%
  • FOUR: 3.1%
  • Other TV Channels: 3.1%
  • Maori TV: 0.1%

Source: Nielsen Television Audience Measurement, All 5+

The Crowd Goes Wild has scooped top honours in TV Guide’s annual Best on the Box Awards for the second consecutive year.

The popular weeknight sport show hosted by Andrew Mulligan and Mark Richardson has comfortably won the peoples’ choice award for Best Sports Show, receiving a third of the category’s total vote.

“Many people win one major championship, but very few win two, and back-to-back at that. Consistency is the hardest thing in sport so I’m thrilled that our viewers reckon we’ve continued to deliver them the sports news in the way they want it, consistently for 521 days straight,” said a chuffed Mark Richardson.

“It’s pretty cool to have back-to-back wins in the TV Guide Best on the Box awards, and to have a large amount of people vote for us,” said Andrew Mulligan. “We’ve gradually improved over the last few years and the team around Mark and I have been the real stars.”
The show is renowned for its irreverent take on the latest sports news and the cheeky approach of its reporting team, including the no-limits attitude of James McOnie and the casual style of Hayley Holt. New addition Greg Stubbings and the return of James Somerset have also strengthened the reporting team.
The Crowd Goes Wild screens weeknights at 6.30pm on Prime and across SKY’s sport channels.


New Zealanders have shown their appreciation for TV ONE and TV2, with their shows and stars winning a staggering 16 awards out of a possible 25 in the annual TV Guide Best on the Box awards, announced today.

One of the biggest winners was Breakfast’s Tamati Coffey, whose name is attached to three wins. Breakfast won Best Morning Show, and Coffey not only took the Best Weather Presenter gong for the third time, but has also been voted by the public as the Sexiest Man.

“Knowing that Kiwis love getting up to speed with their news, business and weather from Breakfast makes the 3:30am wake up call all worth it!” Tamati told the TV Guide.

“I’m also very humbled to be accepting my third Best Weather Presenter award, and with the Sexiest Man, well, I don’t know about that, but I’ll take it! Thanks New Zealand!”

Those weren’t the only awards for Breakfast, with the Saturday edition’s presenter Toni Street picking up the female equivalent of Coffey’s award for Sexiest Woman, and Business presenter Nadine Chalmers-Ross taking Rising Star.

TVNZ’s News and Current Affairs shows polled well across the board, with Fair Go winning for Best Advice Show, the 2011 Rugby World Cup winning for Best Special Event, and ONE News once again winning for Best News.

“This is an honour for us, because it is voted for by our viewers,” says ONE News anchor Wendy Petrie. “Although it is great to win critics’ awards as well, there’s just that little something extra when you know you’re striking it right with your actual audience, and we couldn’t be happier.”

There were also big wins for TVNZ in the drama field, with TV2’s Shortland Street winning Best Drama and Best Actress (Amanda Billing), and Go Girls winning Best Actor (Jay Ryan).

Other awards for TVNZ include Marcus Lush for Best Presenter, General, Intrepid Journeys for Best Documentary Series, Tangiwai for Best One-Off Drama, MasterChef New Zealand for Best Culinary Series, and What Now? for Best Kids/ Youth Show.

The winners in the country’s biggest People’s Choice Awards have been announced and the Breakfast programme has caught the eye of the New Zealand viewing public in more ways than one.

Kiwi television viewers have been noticeably charmed by Breakfast weather presenter Tamati Coffey and the Saturday morning host Toni Street, voting the two as Sexiest Man and Woman in this year’s TV Guide Best on the Box Awards.

Tamati was thrilled by his award win, but admits it was a challenge to decide who to vote for between the other category nominees.

“I was surprised to win, but I’ll take it.  Thanks New Zealand!  In our house we’re big Go Girls fans, so it was a hard decision,” said Tamati, who also thinks that Shortland Street actors and brothers Robbie and Pua Magasiva were strong contenders.

“If it hadn’t been for Jay Ryan, I would have been voting for them,” said Tamati. ”They’re fine looking brothers.”

Toni was surprised by her award, and when asked why she thought she had won, she said she wasn’t entirely sure.

“I was still getting over the shock of being nominated to tell you the truth!” said Toni.  “If I had to hazard a guess, I would say maybe my smile?  I’m a naturally friendly person, and I think Kiwis can relate to that. 

“Although, anyone who saw me singing The Cranberries last weekend on Saturday Breakfast might want to reconsider their vote!” added Toni.

On top of winning the Sexiest Man category and beating out some tough competition, Tamati has also managed to hold onto his reigning title as the nation’s favourite weather presenter for the third year running. 

“I’m very humbled to be accepting my third Best Weather Presenter award,” he said.

TVNZ’s Breakfast show has retained its gong for Best Morning Show and Breakfast’s business segment presenter Nadine Chalmers-Ross’ stocks must definitely be on the rise as she walks away with the Rising Star award. Scooping five titles in total, Breakfast has come up trumps again in this year’s Best on the Box Awards.

“TV3 on the other hand has got it covered when it comes to current affairs,” said TV Guide Editor Julie Eley.

Campbell Live and its affable host John Campbell were voted favourite current affairs programme and presenter of a current affairs programme for the third and second years respectively.

The New Zealand TV viewing public, however, seem to be split in their loyalties when it comes to the news networks.  While One News continues to dominate the Best News category for the fifth year running, TV3 news presenters were voted winners in their fields.  As well as John Campbell (Best Presenter, Current Affairs) and Hilary Barry’s (Best Presenter, News) wins, Hamish McKay was also voted Best Sports Presenter.

Other Best on the Box favourites include comedian and host of 7 Days, Jeremy Corbett, while 7 Days beat runner-up, The Jono Project, by 4,700 votes to be crowned Best Comedy Show. 

Long running advice show Fair Go enjoys continued popularity with voters and the much loved children’s programme What Now? won the Best Kids/Youth category for the fifth year in a row.

“We have now been running TV Guide Best on the Box for more than 10 years and these Awards go from strength to strength each year. It just goes to show the passion that we have for local content and home grown programming,” said Julie.

The 25 winners of the TV Guide Best on the Box Award winners were voted for by over 14,000 television viewers over three weeks in February and March via a public vote.

The full list of results is in this week’s TV Guide, on sale 15 March.



Toni Street (Saturday Breakfast/One News – TV1) 

Tamati Coffey (Breakfast – TV1) 

Jay Ryan (Kevin, Go Girls – TV2) 

Amanda Billing (Sarah Potts, Shortland Street – TV2)                                           

Hilary Barry (TV3)

John Campbell (Campbell Live – TV3) 

Marcus Lush (North – TV1) 

Tamati Coffey (TV1) 

Hamish McKay (TV3) 

Jeremy Corbett (7 Days – TV3) 

Nadine Chalmers-Ross (AMP Business – TV1) 



One News (TV ONE) 

Campbell Live (TV3) 

Breakfast (TV1) 

Rugby World Cup 2011 (Sky Sports/Maori TV/TV1/TV3) 

Intrepid Journeys (TV1) 

Inside NZ: Inside Child Poverty – A Special Report (TV3) 

What Now (TV2) 

Shortland Street (TV2) 

Tangiwai (TV1) 

7 Days (TV3) 

Missing Pieces (TV3) 

MasterChef New Zealand (TV1) 

Fair Go (TV1) 

The Crowd Goes Wild (Prime)


Here is a run down of the 5 most important stories on One News and 3 News tonight.  Please leave your comments on the bulletins in the comments below.

One News

1. Future of Otago Rugby Union (Max Bania, live cross)
2. Remembering Jock Hobbs (Andrew Saville)
3. Conviction for former sports star who assaulted son
4. ACC privacy (Simon Bradwell)
5. POAL strike (Ruth Wynn-Williams)

3 News

1. Prime Minister accused of misleading (Duncan Garner, exclusive)
2. Future of Otago Rugby Union (Dave Goosselink, live cross)
3. Hip replacement recipients to sue (Rachel Morton)
4. Oceania resthome workers stop work meeting
5. POAL strike (Tom McRae)



The ACC privacy story is a rather bad breach but I’m not entirely convinced that Simon Bradwell’s reporting on it was fair tonight. He reports, 

Whangarei Man, Alan Nicholas, was at home this morning when he got a phone call from ACC. But instead of giving their name, the caller wanted Alan Nicholas to give his, as well as his date of birth.

Perhaps Simon has never dealt with a bank, a government department or one of many other large organisations who hold personal and private information but generally speaking, if one of those organisation needs to get in contact with you and calls you, they will ask you to identify yourself so that they know they’re not talking to the wrong person.  I have experienced the exact same thing with the IRD and my bank on occasions.  To suggest this is bad practice by ACC when it is actually a safeguard used by many organisations as a way to ensure they’re not breaching privacy is not cool. I would suggest that this instance, had the call to Alan Nicholas been unrelated to what is one of the worst privacy breaches in New Zealand’s history, confirming his identity would unlikely have been a problem.

One News failed to credit the source of their story about Ports of Auckland worker Cecil Walker. They used images of the post from the blogger but ommited the header and name of the author.  Strangely enough, their online story clearly stated that the author of the story was WhaleOil.  3 News went in the opposite direction and interviewed the blogger, learning more about the information that had been leaked to him.

3 News had an exclusive that had footage of John Key telling the PSA that there wouldn’t be job cuts and that he wasn’t too keen on asset sales from back in 2008.  There have, of course, been two elections, a global financial crisis and the Christchurch earthquake since then.  Not surprisingly, Labour leader David Shearer was available for comment while the Prime Minister was not.


3 News

On ‘Project Runway’ you can see if the garment looks like a gorgeous LBD (little black dress) or a trash bag. On ‘Idol’ we all can hear the singing and know whether it is worth of a record deal or the shower. On ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ you know if someone is a leader or if they couldn’t lead a horse to water, but there becomes a problem with Masterchef where it is all about who has the yummiest dish. We may have 3D TV now but we don’t yet have ‘Eat-Me TV’.

On the latest episode of Masterchef the contestants were faced with the challenge of cooking three classic take-away meals, burger, fish’n’chips and pizza, with 3 minutes in the pantry and 2 hours to cook, for guest judge and star of ‘The Food Truck’ Michael Van de Elzen. There were a fair few tragedies: from unsuccessful pantry runs, forgotten pizza in the oven to pizzas the judges wish they could forget. The triumphs though did allow to see some contestants really rise to the top: Tony Price’s superb improvising on chip making after forgetting his potatoes, Dave McKinnon with a ‘banging’ burger, and Zee Tana and Charlene McGeghan (a emerging dark horse I believe) taking the overall win, thus making them team captains next week. Alas Al Markham was sent packing after a fall out of the pantry rattled him a little too much, throwing him off his game and leading him to produce the least delicious food of the day.

With that all said and done, back to my original point, we can not taste the food for ourselves, we have to rely on the descriptions the judges give us. As of late I feel their descriptions have been a little too out there, trying to create analogies that are elaborate but still leaving me with every little idea as to what they just tasted. Example being something along the lines of ‘ It’s not perfect but it is almost perfect’. Well?? what does that mean? what is perfect and what is just short of perfection? Another example would be when Simon said Al’s fish’n’chips were not ‘worthy’ of a comment: well why?, Were they soggy, too salty? Burnt? Us viewers can’t taste for ourselves and need more information.

I feel this way too when the judges try to tell the contestants what they are looking for in the dishes about to be prepared: ‘We are looking for the wow-factor’, ‘The X-factor’ (there is a whole other show for that) or as Simon would say it ’5% magic’. What gives dish 5% magic? Throwing Harry Potter’s wand in the pot?

I know the show was filmed last year so it is all done and dusted, with nothing to be done about so instead I would like all Masterchef contestants to send samples of the food they cook each episode to my home for me to enjoy (or not) as I watch the judging. It is the only way I can see around the problem.

What did you make of the ‘Take-aways’ challenge? 4 episodes in: do you think you can pick the winner?

P.S All the food they eat at judging is stone cold, but as soon as a challenge’s time is up and the benches are being cleaned up, the judges go around and have a little sample of the warm leftovers that didn’t make it to the plate.