Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams has announced a range of board appointments to some of New Zealand’s iconic broadcasting institutions.

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tvnz_logoTVNZ yesterday unveiled its line-up for 2016, continuing its strong focus on local content matched with some of the best of what’s available from around the world.

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TVNZ reported a net profit after tax of $28.1 million for the year ending June 2015, up $10 million on the prior year.

TVNZ CEO Kevin Kenrick says the year’s financial results are particularly encouraging given the tectonic shifts currently occurring in the media industry.

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tvnz_logoTVNZ has recently received a number of speculative media enquiries seeking confirmation the Prime Minister pulled a presenter’s hair.

We have received no complaints about the alleged incident from any employee and have been unable to find any information to indicate that it occurred. Continue reading »

tvnz_logoAs one group of people demand that a commercial broadcaster maintains its role as representative of the people, our state broadcaster, TVNZ, wants to put an end to having to screen the political party opening statements during the election due to low ratings.

Television New Zealand says it should be allowed to drop some of its election coverage because of terrible ratings.

The broadcaster has long been required by law to broadcast political parties’ opening and closing election addresses.

But it says viewing patterns have changed and a sharp fall in ratings during the presentations – once central campaign events – justifies a change. Continue reading »

Sussan-TurnerBroadcasting Minister Amy Adams today announced the appointment of Sussan Turner as a Director of TVNZ and the elevation of Therese Walsh to Deputy Chair.TVNZ and RNZ appointments announced

Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams today announced the appointment of Sussan Turner as a Director of TVNZ and the elevation of Therese Walsh to Deputy Chair.

“As a former Group CEO of Mediaworks, Ms Turner has extensive television and media knowledge and experience and will bring real depth and substance to the role,” says Ms Adams. Continue reading »

TVNZHeartlandLogo From TVNZ:

We’re sad to announce that [TVNZ Heartland] will finish up broadcasting on May 31. The agreement between TVNZ and Sky is not being renewed so there will be no more Heartland on Sky Channel 17.

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Professional director Joan Withers has been appointed chairwoman of state-owned broadcaster TVNZ.

Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams said Withers’ background and expertise in media meant she was well-placed to take the helm at a time when TVNZ was growing its online presence.

“As deputy chair of the TVNZ board since 2009, Ms Withers brings continuity, solid industry knowledge and significant governance leadership experience to the role,” said Adams.

Withers was previously chief executive of Fairfax Media’s New Zealand arm, publisher of and newspapers including the Sunday Star-Times, Dominion Post and The Press.

She currently chairs power company Mighty River Power, and sits on the board of the ANZ, the country’s largest bank.

Adams thanked TVNZ’s retiring chairman, Wayne Walden, for his stewardship over the last four years.


tvnz_logoTVNZ has delivered an after tax net profit of $19.8 million for the six months to 31 December. This puts the company on track to achieve the full year financial targets set out in its 2015 Statement of Intent.

Announcing the result today Chief Executive Kevin Kenrick said the business was moving into a strong second half, leveraging recent investments in upgrading digital technology platforms to re-launch enhanced versions of TVNZ OnDemand and

Mr Kenrick said digital media properties were continuing to perform strongly with TVNZ OnDemand video streams up 38% year on year, hitting a record in the month of October with over 6 million streams. Continue reading »

tvnz_logoblockquote>TVNZ has today announced its intention to invite independent producers to take on production of all its Maori and Pacific programmes from next year, with the exception of Te Karere.

TVNZ Chief Executive Kevin Kenrick says the move would align Maori and Pacific programmes such as Marae, Waka Huia, Fresh and Tagata Pasifika with other TVNZ commissioned local productions and create an attractive opportunity for New Zealand’s independent production community.

“We remain fully committed to reflecting New Zealand’s unique cultural identity and diversity on screen and we respect our special role under legislation to do so. The obligation is set, our commitment remains – what we want to do is to step aside from the in-house production of these programmes. Continue reading »