NZ On Air

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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new-prime-logoSKY Television announced yesterday that in a partnership with Government-funded Able, it will provide captioning on certain Prime Television programmes from early next year.

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Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams says the extension of captioning to Prime Television will ensure more content availability for deaf and hard of hearing people.
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NZ On Air is turning its attention to the future of local media content for children, launching a consultation on proposed changes to the types of children’s content it funds.

In March NZ On Air released research it had commissioned along with the BSA on Children’s Media Use to inform its planned strategy. That research showed that while television is still a constant daily presence in children’s lives internet use has exploded, with children now accessing the internet via a growing range of devices.

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nz-on-air-logo-300NZ On Air has increased funding to provide more captions and audio description on television programmes for the hearing and sight impaired.

The independent service Able will receive $400,000 more in the coming year, allowing it to continue to increase its offerings on TV One, TV2, TV3 and FOUR. NZ On Air funding for captioning and audio description has grown from $1.5 million ten years ago to $2.8 million in 2015/16. Continue reading »

NZ On Air Local Content Report 2014
The NZ On Air Local Content Report 2014 released today shows a 3% increase in local television programming last year across the six free-to-air channels monitored. The Local Content Report has been recording the trends and changes in the local content landscape since NZ On Air’s inception in 1989.

Local content accounted for 12,538 hours of broadcast time in 2014. The 3% increase on 2013 follows a more modest 0.8% increase the previous year. A third of all content on the monitored channels was local content, and 36% of prime time content was local. Continue reading »

3rd DegreeThis just in from NZ On Air

NZ On Air will fund a new investigative journalism strand for TV3 called 3D Investigates.

The funding will support 10 in-depth investigations into issues and topics of importance to all New Zealanders within TV3’s weekly current affairs programme 3D (formerly 3rd Degree).

“Investigative journalism is fundamental to a strong democracy and national debate. It is becoming increasingly scarce in New Zealand due to the commercial pressures faced by broadcasters and the news media generally,” says Jane Wrightson CEO of NZ On Air. Continue reading »

nz-on-air-logo-300A new independent survey of children has found that while TV is still the dominant screen in their lives, tablets and smartphones are now a daily part of most kids lives. Youtube is now one of their main sources of content.

The survey, conducted by Colmar Brunton, was commissioned by NZ On Air and the Broadcasting Standards Authority to provide independent, comprehensive information on the media consumption behaviour of children today.

The researchers talked to a demographically representative sample of more than 700 children aged 6 -14 years old and their parents in late 2014. Continue reading »


We have advised TV3 that we are disappointed that the focus has been taken off the music. We do not condone bullying.

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nz-on-air-logo-300A nostalgic journey back to New Zealand in a by-gone era captured in amateur film footage, and more beautiful and awe-inspiring journeys through our oceans are just two of the colourful new documentary projects to secure NZ On Air funding.

Decades In Colour is a new three-part series to screen on Prime that will bring together never-before-broadcast amateur colour footage, official records and interviews to portray social change through the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Continue reading »