New Zealand TV

I was thinking more around the old TVNZ Heartland idea and delving into TVNZ’s archives, if they can get the rights clearance. There’s a few possibilities they could explore to carve out a FAST strategy that differs from WBD’s offerings.

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I love the idea of a Graham Norton Fast channel, im liking the outrageous fortune/westside channel as well! Im hoping they have more fast channels coming, I hope to see a missing pieces/David Lomas channel personally.

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Absolutely agree with you about the David Lomas channel, I can’t get enough of his series.

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I guess something like Graham Norton could work well as it’s not something people are going to boxset or go searching out individual episodes but if you stumble across it and there are a couple of interesting guests you might stick with it.

Ultimately though no amount of FAST channels and imported content on ThreeNOW is going to make up for removing all local content from Three. Indeed if they really want to push their streaming service surely local content is a key tool to drive people to that too.

Ultimately we’re seeing now what happens to a countries TV industry when the industry is pretty much void of regulation. I find it odd that for a country which has strict regulations about ads on Sundays/Easter Sunday/Christmas Day that there seems to be so little around protecting content. It isn’t just about viewing choices but protecting jobs and ensuring there is a creative industry within the country which ultimately would contribute to the countries tax coffers rather than take from them.

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Looks like that TVNZ 1 is replacing Sunday with reruns of NZ documentaries

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Good.

Imagine watching Graham Norton shows for hours. One would go insane.

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I suspect that’ll run out…not sure how many they have in the bank.

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Just repeat them? Or you could go real low cost and do the C31 non-copyright 20s movies.

LOL, actually some people would enjoy that.,

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Season 16 of MasterChef Australia begins on TVNZ 2 tonight. It will air at 7pm Sundays and 7.30pm from Mondays to Wednesdays, with each episode shown three weeks after Australia.

This season sees major changes in judges, with food critic and journalist Sofia Levin, multi–Michelin Star and award-winning chef, Jean-Christophe Novelli, and season 1 runner-up Poh Ling Yeow replacing Melissa Leong and the late Jock Zonfrillo. Melissa remains as co-judge on Dessert Masters, which returns to TVNZ later this year.

Jamie Oliver was the guest judge for the first two weeks of the season, filmed in mid November last year.

The profiles of the four judges and the 22 contestants can be found via the link below.

Promo

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They could even make some new ones… oh, wait, there’s no money :roll_eyes:

Fans of MasterChef will be eternally greateful that the RNZ-TVNZ merger never happened,

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Not sure why even under a merger they would get rid of one of their highest rating shows.

Before the pile-on starts… I’ll give my own two cents. The merger was a great idea, but it came 25 years too late. It wouldn’t have worked now, not with both linear TV and radio losing relevance so quickly. Plus RNZ and TVNZ are such different organisations that the culture clash would probably have been insurmountable… but anyway. We’ve probably done that discussion to death at this point.

What I think should have happened instead is one of two things:

  • RNZ+
  • Make TV1 ad-free. Mandate that there be much more news, current affairs, documentaries, etc. Fund this via a small levy on advertising on the other networks (plus maybe online and socials, etc).

(Though I suspect Masterchef would stay on air whatever happened… sorry to disappoint you @millsy :wink: it actually originated on the BBC)

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100 percent, a great idea 25 years ago.

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The Block NZ has been officially cancelled. The four townhouse shells built in Brown’s Bay on Auckland’s North Shore for the season will be sold off by WBD.

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CNN FAST and The Graham Norton Channel have been added to ThreeNow:

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