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Triangle TV: Impressive Line-Up For Wellington

Triangle Television Plans Impressive Line-Up For Wellington

Triangle Television is preparing to launch in Wellington with a programme schedule that is packed with special-interest programmes offering the capital's viewers an intelligent and sophisticated alternative to mainstream television.

On track to launch in August, the free-to-air station is set to deliver a Wellington programme line-up that reflects a wide range of public broadcast television. The line-up will include locally-made programmes on topics of specific interest to Wellingtonians, respected international news and current affairs shows, and programmes showcasing cinema, technology, wildlife, the arts, fashion, travel, health and business. The selection of programmes has been fine-tuned for Wellington's uniquely broad-based viewership.

The key feature of the programme schedule will be the screening of locally-made programmes.

"The response from organisations and individuals wanting to make a programme for screening on Triangle Television Wellington has been very positive. Some will be ready to screen when we first go to air - others will launch during our first few months of broadcasting. We expect the number of local programme providers to continue growing even further as we become more and more established in Wellington."

Jim Blackman says Triangle Television offers 'a wonderful opportunity' for people of the region to make and screen their own television programmes.

"Wellington offers a huge number of potential programming sources including community organisations, schools and other educational institutions, groups representing a wide range of cultures, and other organisations involved in a range of political, social and environmental activities. We are keen to hear from them will give them support to take their stories to air."

Jim Blackman says when selecting international programmes for the new Wellington station, Triangle Television has drawn on its experience of broadcasting in Auckland for the past eight years.

"We will offer an international perspective on major world events and developments. Many of the international programmes we will deliver to our Wellington viewers will be those that have made a real impact in Auckland - such as Deutsche Welle's highly-respected news and current affairs programme Journal and the internationally acclaimed "Lehrer NewsHour" from PBS."

The following exemplifies the wide range of programmes Wellington viewers can expect to see on Triangle Television Wellington in its early months . . . . .

LOCAL WELLINGTON PROGRAMMES Wellington-specific programmes include KIWI PRO WRESTLING, ROUND TH' HUTT AND BAHA'I ON AIR.

Kiwi Pro Wrestling is a half-hour weekly series featuring homegrown talent, profiles of past and present wrestling stars, a 'Bushwhacker Shack' segment from well-known wrestling identity Butch Miller, and a weekly commentary on matches in the Wellington area.

Baha'i on Air is spiritual programming featuring Baha'i activities from around the globe, and examines issues such as racism, sexism, education, world peace, prayer and ethics.

Round Th' Hutt, will focus on the Hutt area, covering matters of interest including cultural events, local activities and special projects. The show is being co-produced by the Hutt City Council and Wellington Institute of Technology (Weltec). Early episodes will feature the release of six Kiwis into Wainuiomata bush, and the launch of a Maori translation of the children's book, 'Happy Little House'. Written by Hutt City Council staff member Sandy Beath-Croft, the book tells the story of the restoration of the Stokes Valley Play Centre, after an attack by vandals.

Potential programme providers should contact Triangle Television's Station Manager, Callum MacGilvray, on 0800 874 888.

NEWS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS The line-up includes Deutsche Welle (DW) Television's highly-regarded JOURNAL with its 30 minutes of international news and current affairs and hour-long IN DEPTH focus on the day's most important story; NEWSHOUR with Jim Lehrer; Bonnie Erbe's outstanding TO THE CONTRARY, an all-women news analysis featuring politicians, respected professionals, authors, journalists and commentators; MCLAUGHLIN GROUP, a current events discussion panel; EUROPEAN JOURNAL, direct from Brussels with background analysis, experts and special reports; QUADRIGA, an international talk-show with four journalists examining the week's top story; and SPECIAL REPORT AFRICA, exploring subjects of interest and concern in sub-Saharan Africa. PLANETTV focuses on politics, social issues and environmental matters, and DARPAN - THE MIRROR offers insightful look at local news and current affairs

BUSINESS The world of commerce and business is well catered for with NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT, a daily half-hour wrap with in-depth analysis, breaking news and commentaries by noted economists. MADE IN GERMANY features exceptional business reporting from the heart of Europe, and SMALL BUSINESS SCHOOL, from the United States, illustrates the importance of encouragement and training in the workplace.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY Triangle Television makes a point of keeping pace with these fast-changing fields. Listings will include the new, weekly magazine series, TECHNOLOGY TODAY; Deutsche Welle's superb TOMORROW TODAY, THE NEW EDGE, focusing on futuristic but practical technology, and FIRST BUSINESS, an early-morning newscast with an emphasis on small business and entrepreneurship.

MOVIES, MUSIC AND LIFESTYLE The weekly series CINEMANIA explores all aspects of the silver screen, including cult movies and animation, while HOLLYWOOD HIGHLIGHTS USA (also weekly) shows short features from the world's film capital. BOX OFFICE AMERICA showcases the top 10 box-office films in the US each week, and KINO represents the European film industry. The fascinating AMERICAN CINEMA features 'maverick' filmmakers of the 1960s and 1970s, including Scorsese and De Palma, as well as their international influences. Film, fashion and pop culture come together in SHOWREEL, a weekly review of music, movies, theatre, stars and the international catwalks, while the new daily show, EUROMAXX, keeps pace with lifestyle and entertainment trends in Europe. Music fans can tune into GET REEL MUSIC MIX, a half-hour, unhosted show of video clips and entertainment news, and DW TV's Euro-pop series, POPXPORT.

HEALTH AND MEDICINE Some of the finest international programmes on medicine and health will screen weekly on Triangle Television Wellington. These include the excellent FRONTIERS OF MEDICINE, probing all aspects of the medical world, from gene therapy to social anxiety disorder; HEALTH WATCH, a magazine-format show focusing on the latest in health news, including cancer treatment, cataracts and experimental treatment regimes, and WELLNESS FOR LIFE, a 24-part series which travels worldwide presenting philosophies and techniques for health and wellbeing.

AUSTRALIAN COMMUNITY TELEVISION PROGRAMMES We are fortunate to be able to draw on some fine programmes for our Wellington viewers that have been produced for community television in Australia. They include BALLISTYX an action-packed snowboarding show that, within its first two weeks on Channel 31, rocketed to number two overall show on Channel 31; NURSE TV a documentary series offering a 'warts and all' experience of the working life of a nurse; THE CHART-BUSTING 80S SHOW featuring music from the 80s; and THE SHORT-FILM SHOW which showcases short films from Australia and other parts of the world, and features interviews with directors and technical producers.

TRIANGLE TELEVISION

WHEN IT LAUNCHES IN AUGUST 2006, TRIANGLE TELEVISION WILL BE WELLINGTON'S ONLY REGIONAL, NON-COMMERCIAL TELEVISION STATION. BROADCASTING A MIX OF LOCAL PROGRAMMING AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS, INFORMATION AND ENTERTAINMENT 24 HOURS A DAY, THE STATION WILL DELIVER A UNIQUELY-WELLINGTON SCHEDULE. THE MAIN MAST FOR TRIANGLE TELEVSION WELLINGTON WILL BE AT KAUKAU ON UHF CHANNEL 40, WITH OTHER TRANSMISSION POINTS AT FITZHERBERT (UHF CHANNEL 41) AND BAXTER'S KNOB (UHF CHANNEL 41).

TRIANGLE TELEVISION AUCKLAND HAS OPERATED AS A PUBLIC BROADCASTER IN THE GREATER AUCKLAND REGION SINCE AUGUST 1, 1998.

THIS MEDIA RELEASE IS SENT TO YOU FROM TRIANGLE TELEVISION. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR TO ARRANGE AN INTERVIEW PLEASE CALL GAIL KING ON 09 415 0964 OR 021 412 964.

July 13, 2006 ENDS

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