TV One News experiences growth

6 08 2008

ONE News at 6pm has recorded its ninth consecutive month of year-on-year growth.

TVNZ’s flagship bulletin was watched by an average of 651,400 viewers (5+) each night in July 2008, 43% more than the 373,100 watching 3 News during the same period.

ONE News also grew its Auckland 25-54 audience by more than 10% compared with July 2007, winning the Auckland 25-54 demographic back from TV3 for the first month since April 2005.

July was also the second consecutive month the audience for ONE News surpassed 650,000, viewership not seen for two years.

Ratings for July 2008 show that ONE News increased its audience by 24,600 viewers compared with July 2007. TV3’s audience dropped year-on-year by 27,700 viewers in the same period.

ONE News’ July growth included a significant increase in the 18-49 demographic. ONE News gained 5,600 18-49 year-old viewers in July 2008, compared with July 2007, while 3 News lost 16,200 18-49 year-old viewers in the same period.

TVNZ Head of News and Current Affairs Anthony Flannery says the on-going growth is a tribute to the quality and commitment of the ONE News team.

“Our goal is to provide New Zealanders with the best possible news service, anytime and anywhere,” Flannery said.

“It is fantastic to see New Zealanders continuing to turn to ONE News in ever increasing numbers. With the Beijing Games, and the New Zealand Election ahead, Kiwis can be assured we will continue to bring them the news they need to know.”

Daily current affairs programme Close Up also had a strong July, increasing its lead over Campbell Live from 52% (July 2007) to 58%, and adding 31,700 viewers. The majority of this growth (73%) came from urban centres.

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Transvestite Wives to feature on 20/20 Special Edition

18 07 2008

20/20 Special Edition:Transvestite Wives
Thursday 31 July 9.30pm on TV2

Transvestite Wives looks at three transvestite relationships as seen through the eyes of their wives and partners. In the Scottish Highlands, Sheila discovered seven years into her marriage that her husband Dennis was a transvestite. In Newark, 20-year-old Sam, is embracing her 40-year-old partner Chris’ tranny lifestyle; and in Barnsley, Robyn, who has struggled to be accepted because of her weight, at last finds happiness with her cross-dresser husband Dean.

Voted Best Current Affairs Programme – TV Guide Best on the Box People’s Choice Awards.





Tony Veitch resigns from TVNZ

17 07 2008

Statement today from Rick Ellis of TVNZ:

Earlier today I accepted the resignation of ONE News sports presenter Tony Veitch.

His departure takes effect immediately.

Tony has given TVNZ the contracted three month notice period.

I have said that it is not necessary for him to work out his notice period.

I have to say that I take no pleasure in announcing this news.

Tony has been a long and loyal TVNZ staff member, having worked for the company for around 13 years.

Tony is a talented radio and television broadcaster – creative and hard working.

But he has accepted that the recent controversy makes it unrealistic for him to remain with TVNZ.

I trust that in time Tony will continue with a successful career.

I wish Tony and his wife well.

TVNZ is conscious that the recent controversy has also caused enormous stress to Tony’s former partner who, as some of you will be aware, worked some years ago in the company and is well-remembered by many of our staff.

Our hope is that Kristin Dunne-Powell will be able to move on with her life and career. I know that Kristin was a very talented and hard working marketer, and I am deeply saddened that two people who have added much to this company should now find themselves in such a devastatingly painful situation.

Irrespective of what actually happened more than two years ago, two talented young people have paid a heavy price.

Unfortunately, TVNZ’s reputation has suffered in this matter too.

I am deeply disappointed for all our staff and supporters who have put so much hard work into this company in the past 18 months to two years.

We have been going well, so this is a blow to us.

We acknowledge and respect the public response to the allegations.

New Zealanders have the right to question whether or not we have done the right thing here. As New Zealand’s public broadcaster that should be so. Our standards on all matters should be high.

New Zealanders have had enough of violence. As a company, TVNZ does not condone violence – it is not OK.

With that in mind, let me now make some important points.

Tony met with a group of managers in December 2007 to discuss what was for him a serious personal issue.

While he did outline a situation that included a minor fracas two years earlier, this was not the focus of the meeting. The nature of the discussion left those in that meeting, who are all senior and very experienced managers, with the clear view that it was a private matter of a civil nature that was being worked out between the parties concerned. That’s why they didn’t elevate it to me as CEO.

Now, for Privacy Act reasons I cannot discuss further details of that meeting but the severity of the incident as outlined to TVNZ bore little relation to that described in some media allegations -which I must point out, remain allegations.

I have had separate legal advice to say that the actions of my managers, given the information they were told at the time, was correct and I stand by them.

If the allegations that have subsequently been made in some media had been communicated to my managers at the time I am confident that they would have raised the matter with me.

They are competent and trusted colleagues, and one of the reasons we have employed them is that they are people of integrity.

But as with everything in life it’s important that the company learns from this.

With Tony’s resignation we will shortly conclude our review. We will learn from it and make appropriate changes to our management and employment practices.

This has been an unhappy time for everyone involved, but it’s important now for us to refocus.

In the end, I and TVNZ’s management and staff of more than 1000 want to move on now and focus on doing the terrific job New Zealanders have come to expect of us, as their public broadcaster.

We sincerely hope we can deliver for New Zealanders and earn and retain their faith and confidence in us.





More on Tony Veitch from TVNZ

10 07 2008

Television New Zealand has a review process underway regarding disclosures by sports presenter Tony Veitch.

TVNZ Chief Executive Rick Ellis said the review began on Monday but there were significant and complex matters around the issue that restricted what could be said publicly.

“We are giving the situation our most serious consideration, and Tony’s personal statement today will be taken into account by the review process,” he said.

“Violence is a major issue in New Zealand and the profile of our on air presenters is important to the public and to our organisation.”

Mr Ellis said TVNZ had had a number of conversations with Mr Veitch and his legal representatives since Monday.

The review process is being run by the Head of Television, the Head of Human Resources and the Head of News and Current Affairs.





Sports presenter Tony Veitch steps down

8 07 2008

Sports Presenter Tony Veitch has agreed to step down from his role with TVNZ while media allegations are considered by the broadcaster.

Head of News & Current Affairs Anthony Flannery said that Mr Veitch would step down while a review was conducted into the allegations made against him by some media organisations.

Mr Flannery said there were complex issues, particularly the privacy of others, to consider.

He said because of the nature of the matter it was inappropriate to make further comment.





TVNZ announce new business programme sponsor

9 06 2008

TVNZ announced today that NZI will sponsor TV ONE’s dedicated business programme. The deal includes naming rights for the highly-regarded programme which will be known as NZI Business from Monday 30 June.

NZI Business provides the latest specialist business news and expert analysis every weekday. The comprehensive half-hour programme is hosted by respected finance journalist Corin Dann. It screens at 6am, and is followed by NZI Business updates during the 6.30am-9am Breakfast programme.

TVNZ Head of News and Current Affairs, Anthony Flannery, says the NZI sponsorship is welcome recognition of the growing influence of the programme within the business community.

“The Business programme is a ‘must watch’ for anyone involved or interested in business and how it affects New Zealand,” Flannery said.

“Corin and the Business team have an in-depth understanding of New Zealand’s business community and the issues it faces.

“They consistently break stories that lead the news agenda on economic matters.

“NZI Business is a key component of our extremely popular early morning news and information line-up.”

Dave Walker, Head of Advertising Sales, commented; “This partnership reflects the continued market confidence in our News and Current Affairs line up and highlights the strength of our multiple platform solutions.

“The fact that NZI Business content will be seen on more screens than any other business news provides a unique advantage for the NZI brand”.

NZI Business is edited by Brett Cammell, with specialist business reporters Lisa Davies, Justine Turner and Pushpa Jabin.

The programme is available via podcast and online at tvnz.co.nz/business. A wrap of the week’s programmes screens on TV ONE at 6.30am on Saturdays.





TVNZ change Te Karere time slot to lead into 4:30pm News

14 05 2008

TVNZ’s Maori news programme Te Karere is to be rescheduled to be the lead in programme to the 4.30pm news bulletin on TV ONE.

TVNZ Head of Television Jeff Latch told today’s Maori Affairs Select Committee that TVNZ had listened to a number of stakeholders who had asked for the first run of Te Karere, which is in its 25th year on air, to be moved from 3.40pm to a more accessible time.

Te Karere’s first run was moved last year from 4.30pm to 3.40pm as part of the rescheduling of programmes to make way for the then new 4.30pm news bulletin on TV ONE. As well as continuing with a second play in the mornings, a third play of Te Karere was scheduled at around midnight. As a result of last year’s changes Te Karere’s weekly average audience against Maori 5+ has increased by 14%.

To further improve its accessibility Te Karere also plays in prime time on advertising free TVNZ 7 and is streamed on TVNZ ondemand.

But Mr Latch said that when the move was made last year TVNZ promised funding body Te Mangai Paho that it would review the first run timing of Te Karere.

“We’re keen to further grow Te Karere’s audience and we’re hopeful that by moving it to 4.10pm as the lead in slot to the 4.30pm news bulletin that it will become more popular,” he said.

“We’ve listened to many Maori leaders and other stakeholders and we all share a desire for as many people who want to watch Te Karere to be able to do so. We’re hopeful that by moving it to the lead in slot before the 4.30pm news bulletin that it will continue to grow.”

He said TVNZ had recently produced a Maori Programme Strategy that aimed to triple over a number of years the hours of Maori programmes and broaden their appeal, particularly to younger viewers.

“As part of TVNZ’s new five year strategic plan, the company aims to be the local content leader and Maori programmes are a critical part of that.”