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Tomorrow marks the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli. Here is your guide to TV coverage tomorrow: Continue reading »

3 News

Mike McRoberts and Melissa Davies will lead 3News’ comprehensive coverage of the 100-year anniversary of the Anzac troops landing in Gallipoli, LIVE from the Turkish peninsula commencing the 20th of April.

RadioLIVE will also deliver extensive coverage with Political Reporter Lloyd Burr filing stories, interviews and LIVE reports from Gallipoli for news bulletins and station programmes.

Based in Chunuk Bair, the 3News reporting team feature nightly on 3News at 6pm, and throughout the week on Paul Henry, 3News @ 12 and 3News at 10:30pm in the week leading up to Anzac Day, providing stories, interviews and insights from New Zealand, Australian and Turkish perspectives on one of the most important and defining events in our nation’s history. Continue reading »


Five one-off documentaries and extensive Anzac day coverage in 2015 have been supported by NZ On Air, bringing more true New Zealand stories to our screens.

Latest funding decisions include support for two live broadcasts by TVNZ on Anzac day next year, marking the centenary of the Anzac troops landing at Gallipoli. As well as live coverage of the dawn service at the capital’s new War Memorial Park, TVNZ will also broadcast the commemorative wreath laying service there later in the day.

A special episode of Descent From Disaster will also be made for TV One focused on the Gallipoli campaign. The Platinum fund documentary will retrace the devastating events as told by direct descendants of individuals who served at Gallipoli.

Māori Television’s Anzac coverage will include a documentary on Māori resistance to World War One, a discussion with the Governors General of New Zealand and Australia, The Anzac Conversation, and a half-hour highlights package.

Funding has been previously announced for Māori television to provide a live broadcast of the commemorative service in Gallipoli.

“Our investment in live coverage and new documentary content marking 100 years since the Gallipoli landing is an important cultural contribution. These quality television programmes will ensure New Zealanders have a greater understanding and appreciation of the sacrifices made a century ago by our Anzac troops,” says NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson.

Other one-off documentaries supported include a return to the closed West Coast religious community Gloriavale. The Gloriavale Project – Part 2 will look at attitudes and practices around birth and death. The first documentary on Gloriavale screened earlier this year to a large and engaged audience.

Another follow-up is a one-off continuation of the highly acclaimed Platinum fund Making New Zealand series on Prime, looking at the history of mining and drilling in New Zealand.

Live deer capture from helicopters in the late 70’s and 80’s is the subject of Deer Devils, and the medical crisis we face as antibiotic resistant bacteria render our 20th century medicines ineffective will be explored in Peak Antibiotics.

Funding details
Descent From Disaster – Gallipoli Special, 1 x 1 hr, Screentime New Zealand for TV One, $224,785 (Platinum)
Making New Zealand – Mining And Drilling, 1 x 1 hr, Top Shelf Productions for Prime, $184,845 (Platinum)
The Gloriavale Project – Part 2, 1 x 1 hr, Pacific Screen for TV2, $170,000
Deer Devils, 1 x 1hr, Iguana Films for Prime, $154,980
Peak Antibiotics, 1 x 1hr, Octopus Pictures for Prime, $149,675
Anzac Day 2015, 1 x 60 mins & 1 x 90 mins, TVNZ for TV One, $141,340
Anzac 2015, 1 x 1hr & 2 x 30 mins, Māori Television for Māori Television, $140,000

poppyI can only imagine that the next few years are going to include plenty of these “centenary” events.

NZ On Air has awarded Maori Television a contract for the live TV coverage of the historically significant Anzac Day 2015 commemorative service at Chunuk Bair in Turkey.

25 April 2015 will mark the centenary of the start of the Gallipoli campaign, in which 2721 New Zealanders died. Continue reading »

I had to read this press release twice as I initially thought they were commemorating 100 years since Gallipoli.

Prime Television is excited to confirm two special ANZAC projects as the centrepieces of the channel’s 100th WWI anniversary commemorations in 2014.

The free-to-air channel’s local production slate continues to go from strength to strength and channel manager Kathy Wright said Prime’s commitment to these two landmark projects further cements this. Continue reading »