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Money Doctor: Recommended Dose Of Financial Advice

NZ On Air is allocating nearly half a million dollars towards a new documentary series featuring real people facing real life financial situations that affect us all, NZ On Air Chief Executive, Jo Tyndall, announced today.

At its August meeting, NZ On Air allocated funding to a new information series, 'Money Doctor', a documentary designed to help people with financial and budget management. "It's about gaining control of money - no matter how little or much we have," said Touchdown Producer Samantha Evans.

Head of Commissioned Programmes at TVNZ, Geoff Steven, said "there is clearly a strong need for New Zealand audiences to get hard, practical financial information."

By using a cross-section of real people, from the struggling to the well-off, it is anticipated that the new information series will have wide audience appeal.

"Money Doctor will be the accessible money show, the one everyone can relate to because it deals with decisions everyone has to make. After all, most of us know about having champagne tastes and a beer budget," said Ms Evans.

The series will feature people ranging from a 21 year old on the verge of bankruptcy to a couple in their early 60s with a lifetime of savings in the bank and needing advice on how to enjoy their retirement and still get a return on their savings.

The stories will cover issues such as:

-Stopping and thinking before you buy

-Finding money to invest

-Getting out from under debt

-Keeping credit card spending in line

-Looking towards the future

"The content is consistent with the calls we are hearing for more practical, information-based programmes," said Ms Tyndall.

NZ On Air has allocated $476,985 to Touchdown Productions to produce 'Money Doctor', which will screen at prime time on TV One in January next year.

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