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New Multi-Cultural Line-Up To Triangle Television

Local Programme Providers Add New Multi-Cultural Line-Up To Triangle Television Wellington

Eleven new programmes all provided by local communities - are being added to Triangle Television Wellington's already eclectic line-up of programmes that reflect the diverse interests of the Wellington region. Nine of the new shows are produced locally, and two are produced overseas and provided to Triangle Television by local communities.

The new schedule comprises more than 12 hours of new programmes and commences on June 16.

"One of the most rewarding aspects of Triangle Television Wellington's role as a regional broadcaster is providing the opportunity for so many diverse cultural groups to contribute programmes," says Triangle Television Chief Executive Officer Jim Blackman.

"Our many local programme providers tell us that, by screening their programmes, we are contributing to a better New Zealand the programmes not only entertain and inform people from the ethnic group that the show is about, they also go a long way towards strengthening cross-cultural understanding."

Triangle Television provides viewers with a diverse range of programming including international news and special interest programmes, many of which reflect the diverse interests of people living and working in the Wellington region. Many of the programmes are made by local people or community groups, many of whom are first-time producers with limited budgets who are passionate about their messages and entertainment going to air.

Jim Blackman says anyone wishing to make their own programme for screening on Triangle Television Wellington should call Triangle's Wellington Station Manager Ben Green on (04) 586 6519.

The new Wellington line-up offers a wide ethnic mix. First up, on weekends there's FGM TV, a variety of cultural programmes provided by New Zealand's Falun Gong community, which will screen on Saturdays at 2.30pm.

Next in the new line-up is the fascinating range of entertainment that Mirchee TV will bring to Wellington screens with its blend of comedies, serials, cooking and home decorating shows, and a variety of Indian hit songs. Mirchee TV will screen on Saturdays between 3pm and 5.30pm.

At 7.30pm on Saturdays, comes Star Talk, a weekly 30-minute entertainment programme from India, featuring a one-to-one interview with a Bollywood showbiz celebrity.

Congratulations are in order for broadcaster Roopa Suchdev, whose Indian family- magazine television programme Roopa Aur Aap will screen at 8pm on Saturdays, and repeated on Thursdays at 7.30pm. Ms Suchdev was honoured with the Queen's Service Medal (QSM), for services to the Indian community, in the recent Queen's Birthday Honours.

IndiaNZ TV presents a magazine-style programme by and for New Zealand Indians from 1.30pm to 2.30pm on Sundays. The extensive programme includes local news, film reviews, song and dance plus a round-up of Fiji TV News.

Every fortnight Triangle Television Wellington will screen a Bollywood blockbuster on Sundays from 3pm until 5.30pm, and, to round off the weekend, on Sundays at 8pm viewers can pull up a chair for half an hour in front of Darpan The Mirror, a freshly-presented community news and lifestyle programme with a multi-cultural focus.

Viewers will also have new favourites to choose from throughout the week.

The weekly Samoan cultural and religious magazine programme Pasefika Nius will screen every Monday at 7.30pm.

Some of the best Indian talent from New Zealand and overseas will feature on the talent showcase Music Masty & More, to screen every Tuesday at 9pm. And, TNews brings Tongan and Samoan people in New Zealand news, current affairs, special reports and entertainment every Wednesday at 7.30pm.

Fridays at 9.30pm is time for Our People, a profile show featuring celebrities, non-celebrities, different cultures and different ways of life Indian and non-Indian.

Jim Blackman says: "These sorts of programmes are seldom, if ever, broadcast on mainstream television. They are programmes that in many cases enrich people's lives and remind them that they are part of a global community in other cases, they remind people of their homeland and keep them in touch with their culture's news, views and entertainment. All of them are meaningful and enjoyable for a broad range of people living and working in the Greater Wellington region," says Jim Blackman.


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