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Hard News: This is your public broadcasting

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  • Rich of Observationz,

    $83.5 million funding 965.7 hours..

    So about 500 times cheaper than a certain two hour movie (or is it a three hour movie, I haven't been paying attention?).

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4501 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    TV plays for music videos continue to head towards irrelevance.

    I recently looked through all the previous annual reports for how the music video funding was handled. When it started, it was a cool new thing and TV plays were gleefully reported. But by the late '90s, the music video funding got one sentence, a brief mention of how music videos support the holy grail of radio play. But things changed in the mid '00s when the power of online videos started to come into its own and music videos were again seen as being a valuable thing in their own right.

    Another interesting change - with the launch of the Making Tracks scheme, NZ On Air no longer funds full albums. Now it's only singles that get funded. This and the singles-dominated music landscape makes me wonder - will we see successful artists who chose not to release albums, deliberately only releasing singles?

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1878 posts Report Reply

  • bob daktari,

    its fascinating and exciting the multiple ways an artist/musician can choose to connect to their audience these days - albums / singles are slowly but surely becoming the past (for some) - digital and the online world isn't constrained by physical limits and its good to see making tracks reflect the changing market and at the same time broaden the funding base of the sorts of acts that are eligible and getting funding, the internet has no gate keepers like TV & Radio, nor key demographics and focused sounds that determine success

    for some acts its a singles world - for others its whatever they choose

    quite exciting where this will lead us I reckon - speaking as a major fan or pre-recorded music

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 364 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Prime is now advertising similar content to what was available on 7. Sky corporation– how New Zealanders see selves…

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2807 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to steven crawford,

    You're back! Hello!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19116 posts Report Reply

  • Graham Dunster,

    Have you compared the way NZOA detail their spending and results with the NZFC, who have also just released their report?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2009 • 146 posts Report Reply

  • artig,

    That should probably be a looming analog switch-off, not digital, in the penultimate paragraph.

    Any idea how TV Central and Choice channels are coping? After the demise of TVNZ7 there are very few channels I find worthwhile watching on Freeview.

    BoP • Since Oct 2010 • 23 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Poole,

    One thing that clicked for me about the TVNZ7 numbers in the wake of that report being released is that it was only 17 January this year that it became possible for Neilsen to track time-shifted viewing. Since TVNZ7 broadcast so much of its material outside peak times, that would've had a significant impact on moment-in-time viewer numbers. Makes the numbers even more bullshit than they already were.

    The pit from whence crawl… • Since Mar 2007 • 3934 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    This and the singles-dominated music landscape makes me wonder - will we see successful artists who chose not to release albums, deliberately only releasing singles?

    I'm hearing a lot more EPs of late. I assume the powers that be would be hesitant not to cash in on the success of singles with (more lucrative) padded albums. A market for the favorites will remain. I am most surprised that radio still holds such sway.

    your taxed dollar • Since Mar 2008 • 1707 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed,

    Until now, TVNZ has fought to avoid handing over the numbers to the Save TVNZ 7 group – and it’s taken so long that Save TVNZ 7 itself has now morphed into The Coalition for Better Broadcasting.

    Where do I sign up? And no, Facebook is the wrong answer.

    The state of a nation's public broadcasting, it seems, is a yardstick of its cultural cringe or otherwise.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4431 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to DeepRed,

    Facebook is the wrong answer.

    +1

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5169 posts Report Reply

  • Myles Thomas,

    For info about the Coalition for Better Broadcasting email betterbroadcasting at gmail. We will be rolling soon.

    Yes we were on the warpath about the Triangulated Sky but about Sky much more than Triangle. What rankled was Sky's claims of 'giving' Triangle a hand (won't cost them much) without acknowledging that Triangle are giving them a channel free - a very useful channel to round out their offering and increase subscribers.

    Triangle are otherwise screwed so we understand their lack of any other options.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2011 • 108 posts Report Reply

  • LIISA,

    Re NZoA annual report - isn't it curious that that "how do you discover new music?" graph includes the 'NZ Listener'... but not 'music magazines'?
    I find that deeply odd.

    Also (as a super duper Broadcasting policy geek) I found this to be the really exciting NZoA release of the week:
    Online Rights and Public Access: A Discussion Paper
    Hopefully it will encourage the restoration of some of the (currently deleted) TVNZ 7 local programmes to an online home, and - more importantly - look towards the TVNZ Archive and the hundreds of hours of local/cultural content the NZ public invested in (both directly and indirectly) over decades, but which is now a 'business unit' of commercial TV(NZ)... If we really do want to create the definitive NZ AudioVisual Archive.

    Wellie • Since May 2008 • 32 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to LIISA,

    the hundreds of hours of local/cultural content the NZ public invested in

    which we can see some of on Heartland. on pay-only Sky #sigh

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16996 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to LIISA,

    Also (as a super duper Broadcasting policy geek) I found this to be the really exciting NZoA release of the week:
    Online Rights and Public Access: A Discussion Paper

    For sure. I'd have included it in this post if I'd actually had time to read it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19116 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    It’ll be interesting* to see how other local/niche broadcasters cope in a digital world. $70,000 grants to move to Freeview- with its on-going costs- isn’t going to be very effective, I’d have thought. CTV have been talking about it for a while, but I think still analogue only, and time ticking away. Will SuperSkyman come swooping in and ‘help’ CTV too?
    Anyone know what a Freeview channel costs in transmission fees? According to wiki, “Canterbury TV estimates it will need to pay NZ$1 million a year if it joins Freeview”.
    The move to digital frees up so much bandwidth (which the govt plans to sell off for millions to telcos) it’ll be deeply ironic (and wrong) if we end up with less choice and an effective Sky monopoly on the platform.
    *or depressing :(

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1599 posts Report Reply

  • Andre,

    I wonder what influence Quentin Reade will have in his new role at Kordia. We have 3 tv's, none of which currently run on freeview much since our decoder has crap signal quality. But I don't think we're actually missing much. The kids go to the park to play instead. We get given heaps of kids movies by friends and UHF is actually adequate. We never had tv at home until I was about 7 years old and that wasn't such a bad thing. Sky have a government granted monopoly I'd rather avoid and free view will be a lot like UHF is today in a couple of years I reckon.

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 292 posts Report Reply

  • LIISA,

    @Sacha - I restrained myself from including "... only to be pimped out to live behind a paywall with adverts inserted." But there. I've said it.
    Wouldn't be surprised to see some of that TVNZ7 content showing up there too.

    @Russell - Totally fair enough busy guy - maybe it'll be worth it's own post! Very exciting that some thought is being sent in this direction, although with a slightly different purpose to my ultimate online fantasy. But it is all worthy of a good convo.

    Wellie • Since May 2008 • 32 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    So about 500 times cheaper than a certain two hour movie (or is it a three hour movie, I haven't been paying attention?).

    Govt spent about $94 million to get the hobbit here, and it's three movies, so it'll be about 8 hours. But yup. And they sacrificed a small portion of our employment laws.

    I've been really enjoying a bunch of TV shows that have been turning up on TV this year. 7 Days consistently is good. Nothing Trivial is nice relaxed Sunday night viewing, Tangawai and Billy T shows were both excellent, and I've even enjoyed the bits of NZs got Talent that I haven't fast forwarded through. Media 3 and Backbenchers is coming back. I can probably even forgive them for the GC.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6227 posts Report Reply

  • Jeremy Andrew, in reply to Kyle Matthews,

    I've been really enjoying a bunch of TV shows that have been turning up on TV this year. 7 Days consistently is good. Nothing Trivial is nice relaxed Sunday night viewing, Tangawai and Billy T shows were both excellent, and I've even enjoyed the bits of NZs got Talent that I haven't fast forwarded through. Media 3 and Backbenchers is coming back. I can probably even forgive them for the GC.

    And The Almighty Johnsons is coming back!

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 848 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    There are some interesting programmes around at present–including good ol’ Shortland Street, which has been dealing with storylines about sexual assault and trauma in a brave way.
    But I recently contributed to a gathering of Australian media academics in Wollongong and had to declare, a little shamefaced, that were don’t really have anything you could describe as public service television in New Zealand anymore. It was made even crueler by seeing the interesting thing SBS and the ABC were doing in respect of Australian content.
    I avoided all the gushing over The Hobbit yesterday and feel all the better for it.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2348 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford, in reply to Russell Brown,

    You're back! Hello!

    I blame the big screen TV for my absence:)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2807 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    don’t really have anything you could describe as public service television in New Zealand anymore

    ahem. Maori TV

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16996 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand, in reply to Sacha,

    I realise that Maori Television has been argued for as a proxy PSB but, like the SBS, it has a a more specific cultural brief than a PSB which is funded to provide broad and diverse audiences.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2348 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed, in reply to Sacha,

    which we can see some of on Heartland. on pay-only Sky #sigh

    The Beeb, ABC and CBC would be sent to the firing squad if they allowed that to happen to their programs.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4431 posts Report Reply

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