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Triangle TV to develop regional station in Wgtn

Triangle Television to develop regional station in Wellington

The Ministry for Culture and Heritage announced today that Triangle Television was the successful applicant to operate the non-commercial television frequency in the greater Wellington region.

Triangle has become known in Auckland as an alternative to mainstream television channels, and comprises a mix of access, public broadcast, and the popular Australian SBS-style programming.

Triangle Television Chief Executive Jim Blackman says the station is delighted to have the opportunity to develop the Triangle programme format in Wellington.

He says the new station will operate as a totally separate entity from the Auckland station and will focus on developing a clear Wellington identity.

"Programming will reflect the diverse and distinct nature of Wellington and its people. It will be clearly the region's own, with an eclectic mix of Wellington regional-access television including community, music, arts and entertainment shows, plus international news and information. Like Auckland, it will broadcast 24 hours a day."

Mr Blackman says Triangle Television does not intend to rush into getting the Wellington station to air. It will firstly consult widely with Wellington's spectrum of communities and explore all options to ensure ongoing success and viability.

"We are at the "look and listen" stage and are cognizant of the need to involve Wellington groups in developing programmes. We want to do this in the best way possible, using the best technology we can, to ensure there is a solid base for the future."

Triangle Television has operated as a non-profit public broadcaster in the Greater Auckland Region since August 1 1998.

Mr Blackman says Triangle Television aims to develop Wellington's television station as an inclusive broadcaster with something for everyone in the region's wider community.

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