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Radio New Zealand Boosts Programming

Radio New Zealand Boosts Programming

Radio New Zealand is to boost programming on National Radio and Concert FM in changes which come into effect from the end of September. Several new programmes will be introduced along with time or schedule changes for some regular features.

Announcing the new programme schedules, Radio New Zealand’s Chief Executive and Editor in Chief, Sharon Crosbie, said the changes reflect an ongoing process of evaluation which ensures broadcast services satisfy audience needs and meet the company’s Charter obligations.

“ The New Zealand radio market focusses its attention on morning programming and Radio New Zealand performs very well in that area, however, the New Zealand public expects us to provide a range of programmes for varied interests throughout the day. Our programme changes are designed to add extra sparkle to weekday afternoons and enhanced listening for those who seek an alternative to an evening in front of the television. “

Schedule changes will see the introduction of five new programmes for National Radio listeners and four for Concert FM.

National Radio New Programmes

Windows on the World will sample a seasonal diet of the very best feature and documentary programmes from public radio organisations around the world. The programme plays at 7 pm week nights.

Outspoken will be a dynamic addition to the range of live issues-based talk programmes. Broadcast on Tuesday evenings, it will encourage in depth analysis of major issues using special guests or a panel of experts.

Great Encounters will give listeners on Friday evenings a second chance to hear the very best of interviews broadcast every day on National Radio.

Maori programming also gets a boost with new weekly programmes, Waiata and Nga Taonga Korero featuring on Thursday nights. Nga Taonga Korero uses audio from the Radio New Zealand archives to explore the country’s rich Maori heritage, and Waiata showcases a broad range of material from Maori music and musicians. On Sunday evenings two new programmes under the overall title of Mana Korero will focus on Maori current affairs.

Changes to weekday afternoons will see Wayne’s Music move to 1.00 pm replacing Cadenza which moves to Concert FM, and arts and entertainment programme What’s Going On? moves to the earlier 4.30 pm slot leading up to Checkpoint at 5.00 pm.

Concert FM New Programmes

CD Masters will mine the Concert FM catalogue of celebrated recordings of mainstream classics every weekday afternoon at 3.00 pm.

Made In New Zealand, is a new daily programme of New Zealand sounds and voices drawn from some of the country’s finest music-makers including unique recordings from Concert FM’s own archives. The programme plays at 4.00 pm weekdays and 6.00 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Sanctuary, a weekly two-hour celebration of music for the soul and the spirit will broadcast on Sundays at 6.00 am.

Grace Notes, on Sunday mornings at 8.00 am is designed to complement the traditional Sunday morning lie-in encouraging a soft and gentle start to the day.

Cadenza with Peter Fry will move from National Radio and be heard solely on Concert FM, at 5.00 pm weekday afternoons.

Radio New Zealand Networks Manager, John Howson, Group Manager Spoken Features, Paul Bushnell, and Group Manager Music, Miles Rogers have been responsible for implementing the changes and believe new programmes will benefit audiences across both networks.

“ New programmes and schedules for the networks have been under discussion for some time., says John Howson, “we believed there were some things we could improve on and our latest audience research information has confirmed that thinking. “

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