Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


More to Spend on Broadcasting

19 May 2005

Media Release

More to Spend on Broadcasting

Funding announcements made in today’s Budget 2005 have been met with delight from broadcasting funding agency, NZ On Air.

“Just over $5 million will be added our television, radio and broadcast archiving budgets to enable us to maintain the services we currently fund, and in some cases to make some enhancements,” said NZ On Air Chief Executive Jo Tyndall.

The funding boost comes just two weeks after announcements of additional funding for New Zealand music promotion, non-commercial community radio and regional television, which were also confirmed today.

“It’s a very welcome relief, particularly in the television area, where pressure has been increasing on production budgets in recent years,” Ms Tyndall said.

“Again this year, our television local content survey has very clearly indicated where public funding is adding value, and this funding boost will help us to protect and support a variety of television genres, especially those more at-risk genres like drama, comedy and children’s programming,”

A portion of the funding increase announced last night for NZ On Air has also been earmarked for archiving, and to help Radio New Zealand cement and enhance recent programming initiatives.

“Ensuring archives of today’s broadcasts are kept for future generations is an important part of our work,” Ms Tyndall said.

“The archiving symposium we convened at the end of 2004 gave us a steer on the directions we should be looking at, and the extra funding will help us develop plans to move forward.

“And additional funding for Radio New Zealand will enable them to consolidate some of the programme enhancements they have made in the last few years, and look ahead with some certainty.

“They might even be in a position to give those Morning Report birds a pay rise… they seem to have been angling for one for a couple of weeks.”


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

Legendary Bassist David Friesen Plays Wellington’s Newest Jazz Venue

Friesen is touring New Zealand to promote his latest album Another Time, Another Place, recorded live at Auckland's Creative Jazz Club in 2015. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Father - Descending Into The Depths of Dementia

Florian Zeller's dazzling drama The Father explores the effects of a deeply unsettling illness that affects 62,000 Kiwis, a number expected to grow to 102,000 by 2030. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Blade Runner Redivivus

When Ridley Scott's innovative, neo-noir, sci-fi flick Blade Runner was originally released in 1982, at a cost of over $45 million, it was a commercial bomb. More>>

14-21 October: New Zealand Improv Festival In Wellington

Imagined curses, Shibuya’s traffic, the apocalypse, and motherhood have little in common, but all these and more serve as inspiration for the eclectic improvised offerings coming to BATS Theatre this October for the annual New Zealand Improv Festival. More>>


Bird Of The Year Off To A Flying Start

The competition asks New Zealanders to vote for their favourite bird in the hopes of raising awareness of the threats they face. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books:
Jenny Abrahamson's John & Charles Enys: Castle Hill Runholders, 1864-1891

This volume will be of interest to a range of readers interested in the South Island high country, New Zealand’s natural environment, and the history of science. More>>