What about Four? While TV3 has seen a decline over the last 6 years, as we saw in part 1, Four has about the same share as it did back in 2010 when it had the branding C4.


FOUR: All Day Channel Share, total audience, 30 day moving average

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MediaWorks TV have released their new season lineup for 2015 online tonight, with some new shows coming that you’re bound to be looking forward to.

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MediaWorks TV has announced a new agreement with US studio NBCUniversal, securing programming that will play across both TV3 and FOUR.

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MediaWorks TV was last night named Media Brand of the Year at the 2014 CAANZ Beacon Awards.

The parent brand of popular television channels TV3 and FOUR, MediaWorks TV won the Gold Beacon for its entry ‘Deconstruct & Rebuild’. The entry described the challenges faced during a major transformation of the business in 2013 (including receivership), and an innovative strategy that paid off in increased audience, revenue share and profitability.

MediaWorks TV Chief Executive, Paul Maher says the award is a great tribute to the efforts of the whole MediaWorks TV team during a remarkable year. Continue reading »


The good news is that local content was up slightly across the board in 2013 but this was only due to increases provided by Maori Television and Mediaworks’ TV3 and Four. TVNZ provided the largest decline in local content.

The annual NZ On Air Local Content Report released today reveals some challenges being faced by the television sector.

Since 1989 NZ On Air has measured local free-to-air television content. The report compares the schedules of the six national free-to-air channels, to observe trends and changes in the local content landscape. Continue reading »

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doh-homer-simpsonThe Overnight Ratings have been released but for the first time in as far as I can remember, there is not a single show from Four rating inside the top 100 shows.  The average audience for Firstline, which was #100 on the list, was 18,180 viewers.  The Simpsons, which normally delivers an average audience between 30,130 and 94,800 in February, either rated lower than this or the technical issues that Nielsens were supposed to have resolved after last weeks 3 day long problem still exist.

We’re trying to ascertain if the data we’ve been provided is correct or if there are still gremlins in the system.

tv3logo_1With all the excitement over Mediaworks losing the Fox output deal and what impact it would have on their schedules, we thought we’d take a look at TV3 and Four for 2013 and see just how much impact losing these shows will have on their ratings.  As it turns out, the impact for TV3 isn’t nearly as bad as you think.

Of the Top 20 highest rating shows on TV3 this year, none of them are from the Fox output deal.  In fact, only 10% of their Top 30 shows will be lost from today so the impact overall isn’t that significant for TV3’s lineup.

Four, however, is a different story altogether with a massive 40% of their top rating shows for 2013 vanishing overnight.  With 40% gone, it’s not going to “Feel Like Four” anymore.

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4-c4-fourOn the 29th of June 1997, TV4 was launched as a sister channel for TV3 by the then owner Canwest.  After six years, the channel was relaunched as C4.  Fast forward to 2011 and the channel was given a third makeover and rebranded as Four.

With a youthful orientation, Four has lifted it’s channel share significantly over the last few years.  The more than 50% growth on the pre-Four rebranding has been helped along by the Fox content such as Glee and The Simpsons, which is regularly the channel’s most watched show of the night at 7pm.

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tv3logo_1I’m heading to the Mediaworks new season launch tonight where I expect to see plenty of cast members from The Block NZ and The X Factor NZ.

Which shows will be returning and what new shows will be announced?  Will we get some indication as to whether or not the Fox deal has been finalised and if Homeland is going to be screening any time soon?

The post is likely to be up late by the time I return but follow us on Twitter @NZTV and I’ll post some of the more important bits of news there.

MEDIAWORKSIt truly scares me that there are so many politicians who oversee portfolios they seemingly have absolutely no clue about.

Labour’s broadcasting spokesperson, Clare Curran, has blamed MediaWorks’ receivership on Sky and pulls out that old $43 million loan nugget that was actually a deferred payment as further weight to her pretty poor argument.


Govt inaction plays part in MediaWorks woes

The Government’s refusal to break the stranglehold of pay-TV company Sky on the media market has contributed to the position MediaWorks finds itself in today, says Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Clare Curran. Continue reading »