My idea: a New Zealand based commercial talk radio network, replacing Magic Talk (owned and operated by MediaWorks). Format based on LBC (London, UK) and 2GB (Sydney, Australia) with weekend programming based on 2UE Talking Lifestyle (Sydney, Australia).
Identity: PTV Radio
Availability: All 27 radio markets across New Zealand
Slogan: Your new voice of talk radio
Format: News/talk radio (weekdays), lifestyle radio (weekends)
Target demographic: All people aged 35-64
I describe PTV Radio as a joint venture between my upcoming television business (Patrick Te Pou Enterprises Ltd, trading as PTV Network New Zealand) and MediaWorks, the leading radio network in New Zealand with more than 2.4 million listeners each week, according to its recent “Make Some Noise” promo (see the Vimeo video below).
I have to advise you that this is not necessarily a copy of Newstalk ZB (owned and operated by NZME), but this is how PTV Radio looks like.
PTV Radio is New Zealand’s newest commercial news talk station – the station listeners turn to for breaking news, opinions and the latest information on the stories that matter. It’s ‘your new voice of talk radio’. As well as drawing on the resources of PTV Network’s significant News and Current Affairs department and its dedicated radio team, PTV Radio plays host to some of New Zealand’s best known personalities on talk radio.
PTV Radio’s weekday hosts are Ryan Bridge (6-9am), Mark Sainsbury (9am-12pm), Wallace Chapman (1-4pm), Corin Dann (4-7pm) and Leah Panapa (8pm-12am). Its programmes are packed with open-line talkback, interviews, current affairs and news coverage as it happens, along with regular features like.
The Early Edition, PTV Radio’s early morning news programme (5-6am);
Business Lunch , PTV Radio’s lunchtime programme of business news (12-1pm);
Business Hour, an hour-long wrap of the business day as part of Corin Dann’s drive slot (6-7pm); and
Sportsline, PTV Radio’s nightly programme dedicated to sports-related talkback (7-8pm).
On weekends, open-line talkback and news coverage are complemented with a variety of magazine-style features covering DIY, gardening, motoring, pets, real estate, technology, travel and other lifestyle issues, hosted by a pool of experts as presenters - à la Sydney’s 2UE Talking Lifestyle (2016-2018). However, Sunday mornings (6am-noon) are devoted to current affairs, including reviews of the week in business and politics and highlights of the previous week’s Ryan Bridge (breakfast) and Corin Dann (drive) shows.
Completing PTV Radio’s weekend line-up is the return of Graeme Hill’s ever popular Weekend Variety Wireless, which ended in 2018 as RadioLIVE merged with Magic to become what’s now known as Magic Talk. Described as ‘the most interesting radio show on the planet’, the all new Weekend Variety Wireless broadcasts at 8pm every Saturday and Sunday evening.
News, Sport and Weather
A dedicated team of radio journalists present and produce live bulletins of national and international news, including sport, for the PTV Radio network. Bulletins are usually broadcast live every hour, on the hour, and every half hour between 5-9am and 4-7pm weekdays, followed by a short national weather forecast.
PTV Radio’s news bulletins also draw on PTV News and Current Affairs and its considerable newsgathering resources to cover the biggest stories from New Zealand and around the world, and have the ability to opt into the television output in the event of a major breaking story.
Regional news bulletins are also usually broadcast ‘live and local’ every half hour (during breakfast and drive on weekdays) as opt-outs and a sandwich between the ‘network news/sport’ and the weather. Each regional bulletin provides listeners with a summary of the latest news from around the regions, presented and produced by a pool of local announcers nationwide.
PTV Radio broadcasts on the same frequencies as Magic Talk and on new frequencies in some areas - subject to approval. Below is a full list of proposed PTV Radio frequencies:
Far North & Whangarei 90.8FM | Bay of Islands 92.8FM | Mid-Northland 100.7FM | Rodney 92.9FM | Auckland 100.6FM & 702AM | Waikato 100.2FM | Thames, Seabird Coast, Paeroa & Hauraki Plains 94FM | Coromandel, Pauanui, Tairua, Whangamata & Whitianga 95.1FM | Tauranga 100.6FM & 1107AM | Whakatane 92.1FM & 1242AM | Ohope Beach 100.1FM | Rotorua 95.1FM & 1107AM | Reporoa (Paeroa Range) 98FM | Taupo 99.2FM | Gisborne 94.9FM | Hawkes Bay 106.3FM & 1368AM | Taranaki 89.2FM | Whanganui 96FM | Manawatu & Palmerston North 93.8FM | Wairarapa 98.3FM | Kapiti 99.1FM | Wellington 98.9FM & 1233AM | Nelson 96FM | Blenheim 95.3FM | Picton 92.3FM | Kaikoura 89.1FM | Westport 90.1FM | Reefton 99.1FM | Greymouth & Hokitika 98.7FM | Christchurch 99.3FM & 738AM | Ashburton 103.7FM | Timaru 105.9FM | Mackenzie Country (Tekapo and Twizel) 91FM | Oamaru 100.8FM | Kurow 105.6FM | Wanaka 93FM | Queenstown 91.2FM | Alexandra (Central Otago) 95.9FM | Dunedin 96.6FM | Clutha 97.7FM & 99.3FM | Southland 94FM
Please note: A proposed frequency in Clutha (104.9FM) has been changed and replaced with two different frequencies (97.7FM and 99.3FM), similar to 92-9 93-7 More FM Clutha. The 97.7FM signal will cover central Balclutha, while the 99.3FM signal can be heard throughout the South Otago and Northern Southland areas (including Gore). Along with local advertising, Clutha listeners will receive regional news from Dunedin.
PTV Radio is also available via live streaming on its website, ptvradio.co.nz, and on rova, the MediaWorks streaming app.
Although this piece of information is fictitious and imaginary as Patrick Te Pou Enterprises Ltd (trading as PTV Network New Zealand) is a fictional broadcaster, the team from MediaWorks are supportive of me.