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ONLINE   TelevisionAU #8241

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 11:17 PM

Apparently analogue viewers of New Zealand's ONE and TV2 were greeted with blank screens earlier this evening... TVNZ has issued a press release...

TONIGHT’S TV ONE & TV2 OUTAGE

TV ONE and TV2 channels experienced an 11 minute outage this evening.

Analogue TV viewers across the country lost their TVNZ channels from 9.11 to 9.22pm. The issue did not affect digital TV viewers.

It is believed a power supply problem in an aspect ratio converter at TVNZ’s Auckland Television Centre resulted in the outage. Both the main and back up power source to a particular unit failed, before transmission was restored with an alternate power source.

TVNZ apologises to everyone who had their evening viewing disrupted. We are currently investigating how the outage occurred.



OFFLINE   Timothy #8242

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 05:49 PM

TSR: Radio New Zealand plans to launch television service

Radio New Zealand is planning to develop televised versions of some of its programming as the basis for a new television service.

According to The New Zealand Herald, the decision to move into the televisual medium has been approved by the Radio New Zealand board.

Should the project go ahead, it would be the first time that the organisation has operated a television channel and the first time in decades that New Zealand would have an integrated public broadcaster operating across both radio and television.



OFFLINE   Timothy #8243

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Posted 07 August 2011 - 10:44 AM

New Zealand Herald: Sky may bag broke TV3:

Pay TV network Sky has emerged as a contender to buy cash-strapped rival TV3, as the Australian owners look for a way out of the channel's crippling $560 million debt.

TV3 is part of the MediaWorks group, which also includes Channel Four and radio stations including The Rock and Radio Live.


Other potential buyers are said to be waiting for a firesale when the banks step in. These include Australian media companies Channel 9 and Seven Network.



If Sky was allowed to buy Mediaworks, it would be devastating for media diversity in New Zealand and likely lead to a further lowering of the standard of NZ FTA TV and even greater take up of pay TV. Sky is already an essentially monopoly pay TV provider and owns NZ's third biggest FTA network, Prime. If it were to take over Mediaworks, it would also control NZ's second biggest TV network (which includes TV3, Four, and C4) and its biggest radio network.

You only need to look to Prime to see the potential future of FTA TV in NZ - minimal local content and sport shown on delay to drive take-up of pay TV.

Sky has already been able to get away with a lot in NZ due to lax media regulation. It would be truly astonishing, however, if the Commerce Commission approved such a deal given just how dominant Sky would be across both FTA and pay TV.

A sale to Seven or Nine would undoubtedly be a lot better and face fewer regulatory hurdles given that they do not have other interests in NZ.

OFFLINE   Timothy #8244

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Posted 12 August 2011 - 09:01 AM

Some more from the NZ Herald about RNZ TV and Mediaworks ownership:

Board backing for televising parts of Radio New Zealand programming is leading to a direct clash between the board led by Richard Griffin and chief executive Peter Cavanagh.

This column reported last week that the board of governors is backing the idea promoted by TV producer John Barnett, but Cavanagh is strongly resisting.

This week Cavanagh declined to talk about "board discussions" and sent a memo to staff saying the board had not backed the idea of Radio NZ with pictures.

But Griffin said the board would ensure there was a trial to examine the idea of televised programmes as the foundation for a public service TV channel run by RNZ.



At least two organisations other than Sky Television appear to be circling MediaWorks amid growing expectations the company will change hands later this year.

This would mean new bosses for MediaWorks stars such as John Campbell and Paul Henry.

A consultant for Australian investors said at least two other parties were "taking a look" at MediaWorks assets. He declined to name the parties but queries suggest growing prospects for change.


Sky Television chief executive John Fellet also insists he has no interest in another television channel. He says he has enough on his plate with Prime.

But it's no secret Sky has plenty of capacity for an acquisition and, as the biggest buyer for TV programmes, could bring new economies of scale.

At 50 per cent penetration some believe Sky has reached its capacity.

But Sky owning MediaWorks opens up a myriad of issues, not least the degree that the Government would continue to back the growth of Sky's TV monopoly and its extension into radio.



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Posted 17 August 2011 - 02:57 PM

TVNZ is extending Breakfast to six days a week; to be presented by Rawdon Christie and Toni Street.

The New Zealand broadcaster TVNZ announced today that it was extending TV One's Breakfast programme to six days a week from next month.

The new Saturday edition of Breakfast will be fronted by Rawdon Christie and Toni Street, airing between 7:00 and 9:00am from 3 September.

Christie joined TVNZ in 2003, and has produced and presented TV One's afternoon news bulletin since 2009. Street currently works as a sports reporter and presenter at the network.



OFFLINE   Timothy #8246

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Posted 20 August 2011 - 11:11 AM

I've put up a mock schedule for RNZ TV. It is largely a mix of RNZ programmes adapted for TV, continuing TVNZ7 content, and ABC News and Current Affairs programmes broadcast live.

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 09:42 PM

TSR: Details of Radio New Zealand TV plan emerge

Plans for Radio New Zealand's proposed television service are becoming clearer and it promises to be a most basic of services.
Speaking to RNZ's Mediawatch programme, John Barnett, CEO of South Pacific Pictures, who first proposed the service to the RNZ Board, explained how the RNZ television channel would work. From early on, the plan has been labelled by much of the New Zealand media as 'radio with pictures'. However, Barnett's plan has perhaps been surprising in that it literally consists of little more than radio with pictures and has little resemblance to any mainstream television channel or traditional methods of television production.



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Posted 24 August 2011 - 09:44 PM

Whats the point? Apart from filling up their freeview spectrum since TVNZs extra channels have been dumped.

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 09:55 PM

Whats the point? Apart from filling up their freeview spectrum since TVNZs extra channels have been dumped.


Who knows? Really, the proposal is crap.

I would have expected that they would at least build a basic television set from which they could host radio/TV programmes, equipped some of their reporters with cameras so they could work as videojournalists, and make some arrangements with other broadcasters for up-to-date news footage (rather than just showing random stock footage) and quality news and current affairs programmes that are actually designed for TV.

Instead, he's proposing cameras in radio studios and filming on mobile phones. It may be cheap, but will be a complete waste of money - it adds nothing of value to the radio content and won't be at all appealing to TV viewers with its drab presentation and grainy and/or irrelevant video content.

OFFLINE   kevizz #8250

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 10:53 PM

Sounds like a complete and utter waste of time and money. Why even bother?

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 10:55 PM

I think it depends how it's done... If it's literally just like a webcam style setup in the corner of the studio... then it's crap. But I mean look at the TWiT Network... that was, until recently, little more than radio with pictures and that seemed to work. The difference was the Tricaster which allowed them to change camera angles and switch to web-content or pre-recorded video etc. If it were something like that I don't think it would be *too* bad...

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 11:09 PM

Why did TVNZ dump their multichannels?

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 11:14 PM

NZ Government pulled funding to support them.

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 11:28 PM

I think it depends how it's done... If it's literally just like a webcam style setup in the corner of the studio... then it's crap. But I mean look at the TWiT Network... that was, until recently, little more than radio with pictures and that seemed to work. The difference was the Tricaster which allowed them to change camera angles and switch to web-content or pre-recorded video etc. If it were something like that I don't think it would be *too* bad...


I believe they are planning to have three small cameras in the studio. The biggest problem is, however, that there is a lot of pre-packaged content - RNZ National is roughly equivalent to ABC Radio National and has a similar range of content. Some programmes are completely pre-packaged and many of the programmes throughout the day are news and current affairs-focussed and include radio news packages from the ABC and BBC etc. They can't fill hours every day with random stock footage.

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 01:46 PM

The NZ government says that it was impossible to find the funding of a bit under $15 million to keep TVNZ 6 and 7 going. However, it has just been announced that this year TVNZ will be returning a dividend of a bit under $15 million to the government.

NZ Herald:

State-owned TVNZ has reported a 164 per cent increase in earnings and is paying an increased dividend to the Government while trumpeting its strong position in "the modern media mix''.
"As New Zealand's leading television and digital media company, TVNZ will continue its strategy of transformation and diversification,'' chief executive Rick Ellis said.
The company would be paying a dividend of $13.8 million, up from $4.9 million a year ago, he said.


Is there any other developed nation that sees owning a television network as solely for making money?

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 02:39 PM

Surely it would be more sensible to just say OK TVNZ, just break even. Why should it have to make money? I get that NZ has a tiny population, but seriously, 15 million isn't a huge amount of money.

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 04:32 PM

The ridiculous thing is that the NZ government funds quality programmes on otherwise commercial TV channels, but will not fund a public service TV channel. 'Quality' current affairs programmes such as TV One's Q+A and TV3's The Nation receive substantial government funding, $798,000 and $972,000 this year respectively. There are also a lot of other public service shows on TV One, such as Marae Investigates, Asia Downunder, and Tagata Pasifika that are pretty much entirely state-funded. These are, however, relegated to Sunday morning (when TV stations are not allowed to show ads - most channels, except TV One with its taxpayer-funded content, subsequently offer no programmes of any quality of interest), the daytime or late at night. Essentially, heaps of government money is going to produce quality TV which is then used as filler by commercial networks, rather than being shown at a decent time and properly promoted on a dedicated public service channel.

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 07:12 PM

AFL games will now be shown free-to-air in NZ.

AFL to screen on Stratos/Triangle:


Under a special arrangement with Sky Television, the Australian Football League, and Australian Network both Triangle Television and Stratos Television will be screening an AFL match a week, culminating with the highlight of the season, the ’2011 Toyota AFL Grand Final’, in prime time.



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Posted 31 August 2011 - 08:24 AM

NZ Herald:

Speculation is mounting that MediaWorks, the company that owns TV3 and a raft of radio stations, is up for sale.

One well-placed financial market source said MediaWorks' private equity owner, Australia's Ironbridge Capital, had put the company "in play" and that representatives met Sky Network TV last week to discuss a possible sale.
Ironbridge Capital and bankers associated with the the company that owns TV3, Four and half the country's radio stations have been in an on-again off again courtship with Sky for months.



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Posted 01 September 2011 - 07:00 PM

NZ Herald:

Australian private equity firm Ironbridge Capital has poured cold water on market speculation that its New Zealand television and radio business, MediaWorks, is up for sale.
Ironbridge said that contrary to market talk, it was not in talks with pay TV operator Sky Network TV.
"Ironbridge has not commenced a sale process in regard to its investment in MediaWorks,'' Ironbridge partner Mike Hill said in a statement.
"Ironbridge has not approached or engaged with Sky TV in regard to it acquiring this investment nor has Sky TV approached Ironbridge,'' Sydney-based Hill said.