Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Big uplift in demand for funded public media

28 November 2018

A fundamental change more than a year ago has resulted in much more diverse public media and a 50% increase in the number of funding applications NZ On Air has received in the first year of its platform-neutral funding strategy.

In its Annual Report for the 2017/18 year, just tabled in Parliament, NZ On Air reports on the first year of operation of the new NZ Media Fund, which aims to support great NZ content that is valued and enjoyed by many New Zealand audiences.

In a fast-changing media environment, that means keeping pace with where audiences are, and ensuring there’s a wide array of options for them to enjoy on a wider range of platforms.
In the 2018/19 year the new strategy resulted in over 90,000 minutes of screen content available on 34 different platforms, 25,772 hours of content in 51 languages on community access radio, and local music experiencing a resurgence on commercial radio for the first time in several years – hitting 18% of songs played in the first half of 2018.

Other highlights of the year have been:

• Funded content dominating the winners lists at the NZ TV Awards

• The successful launch of the new children’s platform HEIHEI, which at year end had amassed 30,000 app downloads and over 200,000 video streams

• Strong audiences for funded content on mainstream TV and On Demand – the Top 15 funded programmes on TV attracted audiences over 250,000 and the top On Demand content over 129,000 streams

• A strong response from the production sector to a call for stories to mark Suffrage 125, creating 11 distinct projects from a $2m investment

• The launch of a new Scripted roadmap to drive a strategic change to investment in drama and comedy

• A successful trial of an independent production house making award-winning funded multi-media content for RNZ

• 237 music singles released – with the top song hitting over 11m streams on Spotify before year end.

“The NZ Media Fund was the right intervention at the right time. While still serving large mainstream audiences, we have been able to find and connect different audiences with quality content across a spectrum of online platforms,” said NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson.

“It is tempting at year end to simply count the volume of output, the awards and the audiences reached, but it is also important to acknowledge how much richer we are as a country for having quality, authentic public media. It is vital to a sense of belonging. Seeing ourselves reflected in media, experiencing inspiring and challenging New Zealand content, enriches our culture and sense of connection,” Ms Wrightson continued.”

NZ On Air’s Annual Report 2018 can be enjoyed as an online interactive experience or as a PDF.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Non-Giant Fossil Disoveries: Scientists Discover One Of World’s Oldest Bird Species

At 62 million-years-old, the newly-discovered Protodontopteryx ruthae, is one of the oldest named bird species in the world. It lived in New Zealand soon after the dinosaurs died out. More>>

Rural Employers Keen, Migrants Iffy: Employment Visa Changes Announced

“We are committed to ensuring that businesses are able to get the workers they need to fill critical skills shortages, while encouraging employers and regions to work together on long term workforce planning including supporting New Zealanders with the training they need to fill the gaps,” says Iain Lees-Galloway. More>>


Marsden Pipeline Rupture: Report Calls For Supply Improvements, Backs Digger Blame

The report makes several recommendations on how the sector can better prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from an incident. In particular, we consider it essential that government and industry work together to put in place and regularly practise sector-wide response plans, to improve the response to any future incident… More>>


Oil Scare: Trump Authorises Use Of Emergency Crude Stockpile

The New Zealand dollar fell against the US dollar after President Donald Trump authorised the use of the country's emergency crude stockpile after the weekend attack on Saudi Arabia’s major oil facilities. More>>