In her not so subtle way, Julie Christie has said what most of us already knew, that TVNZ7 could have been saved – with some clever integration.  Being clever is a trait that left that building long before Rick Ellis did.

Christie believes that the channel could have used TVNZ’s local programming that typically aired in poor time slots on TV One and TV2, in primetime on TVNZ7.

Christie asks, “What are your choices at 7pm? It’s current affairs or Shortland St. What would you rather have?” The smart arse may reply The Crowd Goes Wild, but you get her point.  TVNZ have a vast catalogue of content and a there is a good amount of it that is funded by the taxpayer already but is barely seen due to being tucked away late in the evening.  It would make absolute sense to have that content available elsewhere at a more reasonable hour but there are commercial realities at stake.

Interestingly, Media7 has now been picked up by TV3 and become Media3 while there seems to be a fairly good chance that Backbenches will be heading to Prime.  Can anyone name a show from TVNZ7 that TVNZ are picking up?


The same skilled professionals who lambasted TVNZ7’s viewership figures have trotted out the same thinking but this time spun it as positive.

The new Shopping Channel, they say, reckons it’ll get 600,000 viewers a week.  A figure that they then stupidly compare with the viewership for the grand final of Masterchef.  If only they’d continued on with their inept analysis, their numbers would have shown them a not-so-glamourous 85,714 viewers a day, or 3,571 viewers an hour, right?

I guess we know where the Shopping Channel are advertising.

A complaint has been lodges with the Ombudsman by the Save TVNZ7 group ten days after TVNZ7 went off the air.

The group had received advice from constitutional lawyer Mai Chen before lodging the formal complaint.

“On behalf of the 36,155 people who signed the online petition and the 1.6 million monthly viewers in TVNZ7’s last month, we ask the Ombudsman to investigate a government decision that brought to an end NZ’s last public service channel, severely limiting New Zealand’s television options,” said Save TVNZ7 spokesperson Myles Thomas. Continue reading »

United Future leader Peter Dunne says the decision to allow commercial radio station Kiwi FM to continue broadcasting on a public frequency as the “ultimate insult” to TVNZ7.

The Government renewed a contract with MediaWorks to allow Kiwi FM to broadcast on the frequency for another six months.

Dunne told Radio New Zealand that the Government’s decisions have been “inconsistent” and that it didn’t take seriously the Save TVNZ7 campaign and those behind it.

“I think that they saw them as just being an elitist, self-obsessed group, when in actual fact they were a large number of New Zealanders speaking out for a role in having a decent public broadcasting system in the future,” he said. Continue reading »

A funeral procession, complete with a hearse, was held in Wellington yesterday to mark the end of TVNZ7.

Around 500 people marched through central Wellington, led by the coffin-carrying hearse, towards parliament where they were met by MPs.

Myles Thomas of the Save TVNZ7 group said the funeral march was an appropriate way to mark the end of the channel.

A similar procession will be held in Auckland this weekend. Continue reading »

Transmission of TVNZ 7 will cease at midnight on the evening of Saturday June 30.

The TVNZ 7 website will close at the same time, but the TVNZ 7 Learning Hub website and resources will continue to be available online until 2013.

The current commissioned series hosted by Tim Wilson – The Big Idea – will be available on TVNZ Ondemand following the closure of the channel. Continue reading »

The government has waved off the idea for a levy on commercial broadcasters to help fund the departing TVNZ7.

Save TVNZ7 argued that a fee placed on commercial broadcasters would enable New Zealand to keep its only commercial-free, public service television channel.

“It should have been considered at the beginning of 2011 when the Government was casting around looking for fiscally neutral ways to do it.

“If they were genuinely looking at a way to keep TVNZ7 funded, that would have been the obvious way because it wouldn’t have cost the taxpayer a thing.”

A levy would also allow more money to go into NZ On Air’s platinum fund for local content and also filter down to Radio New Zealand and Maori Television. Continue reading »

Martyn Bradbury has devised a cunning strategy to keep TVNZ7 on the air.

I have been hosting these save TVNZ7 meetings all across the country and what amazes me is the genuine fury by so many at these meetings at the decision to close TVNZ7, and they demand a strategy to stop it. They like what the other political parties have to say on their new and sudden commitment to fully fund public broadcasting but they want a strategy that stops the death of TVNZ7 now, not by 2014.

So here is the strategy. There is no point attacking the Government, public broadcasting is as high on National’s agenda as Republicanism is on Labour’s, and when you watch the last Backbenches in Auckland and Nikki Kaye’s whipping, you clearly see why National want to kill off critical media. National like soft media, like the morning madhouse on the Edge, or Sports Talk Radio, or ZB, or Michael Laws – they don’t like public broadcasting so appealing to them is as pointless as praying for divine intervention. Continue reading »

When TVNZ 7 is laid to rest, NZ will become the only country in the OECD without a public service television channel. The decision to shut down TVNZ 7 will mean quality documentary films will become an endangered species on television in New Zealand. Documentary is a major component of any public service programming and features less readily with a broadcaster governed by commercial return.

Documentary NZ Trust directors, Alex Lee and Dan Shanan, are worried that not having a public broadcaster channel will severely reduce the commissioning of documentary films and the broadcast commitment to providing such content to the general public. The Trust, which was established in 2004 to promote documentary films and filmmaking in NZ, recognised that the growing gap in funding and support for local documentaries needs to remedied before the death knell is sounded. Continue reading »