Sky TV is now providing the EPG for its free-to-air channel Prime on TiVo.

The listings for the channel have been absent on TiVo since its launch in 2009.

Maori Television’s EPG, which had also been missing from the service originally, was added late last year.

(From a press release)

Television advertising revenue rose a healthy 1.9% in 2011 demonstrating advertisers’ increasing confidence in Television as the best medium to meet their needs.

Data released today by industry body ThinkTV shows Television advertising revenue rose $11.4 million to $618.1 million in 2011 compared with $606.7 million in 2010 and $569.2 million in 2009.

“The continued growth shows the unparalleled position of Free-to-Air Television in the advertising market” says Rick Friesen, Chief Executive ThinkTV.

“International research shows that Television is still the best and most cost effective medium for maximising an advertiser’s reach. With confidence building in the New Zealand economy and new, innovative ways to integrate Television across the plethora of media platforms today, advertisers are cleverly using Television to better meet their brands’ needs.”

Increased marketing investment and confidence in Television by major banks, retailers and car manufacturers was a major factor in the growth.

Revenue figures are sourced from returns prepared by TVNZ, MediaWorks TV and SKY Network Television (including Prime).

The Broadcasting Standards Authority has not upheld two complaints against TV presenters John Campbell and Jeremy Wells.

The BSA overruled a complaint by Tower Insurance against TV3’s Campbell Live after a story relating to its replacement insurance policies and the Christchurch earthquake.

The current affairs programme had interviewed a resident living inside the red zone who had been told his replacement would cover the cost of repairs to his house but not its replacement value.

Tower filed a complaint regarding the story, which they argued was unfair and inaccurate but the BSA ultimately ruled in favour of Campbell Live.

It said that Campbell was polite and non-confrontational in his approach to seeking comment from Tower on the matter and that the story was of public interest to homeowners.

Another complaint was directed at Jeremy Wells regarding comments he made in his documentary on the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra on Prime.

The complainants argued that Wells made references to sexual activity, nudity and bodily functions during The Grand Tour.

However the BSA ruled that they did not breach standards of decency and good taste due to the fact the documentary screened at 8.35pm, outside of children’s viewing times and was classified as PGR.

“While we acknowledge that some of Mr Wells’ comments were clearly designed to shock and may have been unexpected for viewers unfamiliar with his style, in our view, overall, he was duly respectful towards the programme and towards the NZSO,” the BSA said.

“We agree with the broadcaster that employing Mr Wells as presenter made the documentary more accessible for a younger audience and for viewers less familiar with the NZSO, by highlighting its achievements in an interesting and down-to-earth manner.

“According to the broadcaster, the NZSO was fully co-operative throughout the programme’s production, and approved the final product before it went to air.”

Source: Stuff

The networks are gearing up for their 2012 New Season launches and the invites have arrived!

Still waiting for TVNZ…

I have only just started watching this show from season 1 and it has to be one of the best shows I have seen and apparently it’s an unknown tv show.

Psych is about a young man called Shawn who is very observent to the things around him and uses his “gift” to pretend to be psychic and help the police solve cases. Shawn also has a partner, his best friend Gus who usually has to go along with Shawns antics.

Oh, and Shawns father is also a former police officer who we see giving Shawn fatherly advice in the opening of every episode and during which of.

Most of the episodes are light hearted, so if you want to wind down and relax you will be in good company.

Psych, Prime TV, 6.00pm Sunday

Prime Television is delighted to announce a long-term renewal with BBC Worldwide to ensure New Zealand viewers see original Top Gear episodes first free-to-air.

The BAFTA and Emmy award winning quirky British motoring lifestyle show, hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, has long been a favourite with Prime viewers. The agreement also includes first run episodes of international versions of Top Gear Australia and Top Gear US.

Channel manager Kathy Wright said demand for great British content is stronger than ever with series such as Doctor Who, Scott & Bailey, Downton Abbey, Monroe and the channel’s Weekend Murders slot, featuring Midsomer Murders, Lewis, Marple and more, proving incredibly popular.

“We are delighted to be able to complement our programme line up with quality British content from BBC Worldwide. Prime prides itself in having a diverse, eclectic schedule with a broad appeal and our renewal also includes a significant package of quintessential BBC British drama, factual content and natural history which adds a further dimension to our prime-time offerings, particularly for those who are looking for more intelligent viewing,” she said.

New BBC Worldwide content coming to Prime includes Case Sensitive: The Point of Rescue a psychological police thriller of identity, guilt and the dark side of motherhood based on the award-winning novel by Sophie Hannah, starring Olivia Williams (An Education, The Sixth Sense) and Darren Boyd (PA’s Green Wing); Silk, a fast-paced law drama starring Maxine Peake (Criminal Justice II, Little Dorrit) and Rupert Penry-Jones (Spooks, Whitechapel); Silent Witness, one of the BBC’s most successful and longest-running crime dramas; and Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer on the hunt for the perfect holiday, from the budget and bijou to the grand and glamorous in Vacation, Vacation, Vacation. The factual and natural history content includes Madagascar, the latest from long-time Prime favourite Sir David Attenborough.

“We are very pleased to be able to provide content of this quality and range,” said Robyn Campbell, BBC Worldwide’s Sales Manager, New Zealand. “With smart storytelling, entertaining factual and stunning natural history, this diverse array of titles is sure to make a big impact on New Zealand audiences.”

“We are simply thrilled to have secured these titles, with more to be announced in the coming months,” said Ms Wright.

For this first time in 11 years the World of WearableArts Awards Show will not be screened on TV.

The show’s managing director Gabrielle Hervey says that networks can’t fit the one-off show into their programming schedules.

The Wellington-based show, which began its life in Nelson, has screened for the past couple of years on Prime, with TVNZ airing it in several previous years alongside Prime TV.

“We know people who see it love it but it’s hampered by a perception it’s a one-off,” Hervey said.

“They have elected not to show it on any of the networks.” 

She doesn’t believe it is a case of waning popularity, because the show continually brings a huge number of people to the capital when its on.

“The feedback we’ve had is they cannot put it on prime time competing with international series, [which] is more efficient for them because they can attract [more] advertising around a series than a one-off programme in the middle,” Hervey noted.

“It’s an iconic New Zealand event which a lot of people in New Zealand would enjoy rather than some imported programme.”

Source: Stuff

A huge thanks to all the TV reporters, cameramen, presenters and others working tirelessly behind the scenes to bring news to us around the country during this difficult time.  We appreciate you.

Please leave your messages of thanks to those in the TV industry here – they will be reading.  

Okay, it’s an end of a hard year for NZ TV. There was more low points than high points. In fact, I would go as far to say that this was the worst year for TVNZ. TV3 over took them.

Let’s look forward to 2011. TVNZ will have to be careful about what to put on, because they are not going to get anywhere if they just put on the same sort of stuff over and over again. Otherwise, it’s going to be hell!

Also, what happened to Stars In Their Eyes? Did it go to the moon? (Joking!)

It’s the fairytale announcement the world waited years for, the engagement of Prince William to his university sweetheart, the stunning Kate Middleton.

With the world still in a spin over these upcoming Royal nuptials now confirmed for April 29th 2011, PRIME relives the ups and downs of the last eight years in the romantic and personal lives of the hottest royal couple in town.

This PRIME documentary reveals who the real Kate is, her fairytale story starting with her early dreams to marry a prince – and Prince William specifically. We chart their fortuitous enrolment at the same university in St. Andrews, including their time in the same halls of residence in their first year and how they shared a house in the town during their second and third years.

We tell the true story of a love story played out in the full glare of the world’s press and how media pressure led to a brief break up. We follow their romantic reconciliation and the blossoming of their relationship, and bring this modern love story right up to date following their momentous announcement of their engagement.

Kate & Wills: A Royal Love Story is an insider’s guide to the royal romance, packed with insight and comment from those who were there and those in the know. This PRIME special also includes new interviews with Kate’s best friend from school, the couple’s friends from their time at university, and from Royal expert commentators and observers. A host of celebrities also give their advice and offer amusing and enlightening suggestions for possible wedding gifts for the happy couple.

KATE & WILLS: A ROYAL LOVE STORY, Monday 6th December, 9:30pm only on PRIME


There will also be an encore screening of KATE & WILLS: A ROYAL LOVE STORY on:

Friday 10th December, 7:30pm