I don’t think SCA are even keen on the TV assets they own already so I doubt they want to add to the portfolio. Especially since Mediaworks actually produces and commissions its own content wheres SCA’s tv operations essentially just rebroadcast metro networks.
Thought a table detailing info of AM Station Callsigns, Frequencies, etc might be amusing to someone. It’s been sitting on my laptop for years doing nothing. Most of the data comes from NZ Yearbooks from the 1920’s to 1996.
As a Christchurch resident I have to say it was really great to have More FM’s breakfast club on air this morning to discuss the events of yesterday as well as a curated playlist to go along with it - Lana, Gary and JMac were a brilliant listen.
Not sure if it was broadcast across the whole network or just their usual markets until 10am. After 10am they did another hour for the Christchurch market only as all voice breaks were localised.
I can’t speak for all stations, but I suspected they all broadcast on a national level, such was the nature of the attack.
No local bulletins, but Newstalk ZB had nationwide drive on Friday broadcast from Christchurch (as planned with Friday host Mike Yardley), who also had local mornings host Chris Lynch in to provide updates and commentary.
Local can be huge - and will be - as the story continues over the coming months, but I felt it as a breaking news event it transcended the need to be local and should have been presented on a network scale.
Didn’t get a chance to check all stations but caught More Fm and ZM just before 7pm and both still had their usual drive shows but albeit reflective of the days events. ZB had regular programming last night as did Magic Talk who also provided an overnight show (something they don’t usually do Friday/Saturday night).
On Air is right it was definitely something that needed to be presented on a network scale. Interest in the story was high no matter what part of the country you were in.