Newstalk ZB again number one

Newstalk ZB remains NZ’s leading radio station with the biggest audience in New Zealand with 405,900# different listeners. This gives Newstalk ZB a number one share of 12.5%* of listening in New Zealand.

“We’re extremely pleased with this result, showing Newstalk ZB has succeeded in delivering a smooth breakfast host transition. In a clean sweep the Mike Hosking Breakfast is number one, in share, in the three most important metropolitan markets Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch^. Mike has truly risen to his new challenge” said Bill Francis The Radio Network’s General Manager – talk.

“Mike Hosking’s breakfast ratings grew in Auckland where he has a 19.2% share^, more than double that of the nearest competitor – TRN’s ZM. Nationally Mike has a 16.4% share~, a dominant lead over all other stations and most importantly, five times the share of Newstalk ZB’s nearest talk competitor.”

According to the latest radio survey released today by Research International, TRN
has three of the top five the networks with the most listeners each week; Newstalk ZB, the ZM network and the Classic Hits network moving up to fifth position with 337,000 different listeners each week#.

“It was gratifying to see the hard work by our local Classic Hits stations paid off with the network enjoying a return to popularity with some impressive results around the country” said John McElhinney, TRN’s Chief Executive. “In Auckland TRN holds a commanding position with four of the top five stations with Newstalk ZB, Coast, Classic Hits and ZM in the top five by share of commercial radio listening^^. For our ratings successes today I thank the many New Zealanders who choose to listen to a TRN station making us the radio company with the most listeners#”.

Source: Research International Commercial Radio Audience Measurement Surveys 2-2009
# National 10+ Cume Monday to Sunday 12mn – 12mn
* National 10+ Share Monday to Sunday 12mn – 12mn
^ Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington 10+ Share Monday to Friday 6am-9am
~ National 10+ Share Monday to Friday 6am – 9am
^^ Auckland 10+ Share Monday to Friday 12mn-12mn



TiVo offers New Zealanders true ‘first’ in product and features

NZ TiVo launch takes the world’s most popular media device to a new level with on-demand entertainment.

Hybrid Television Services (ANZ) Pty Limited, the exclusive licensee of TiVo® in New Zealand and Australia, today announced that the highly anticipated TiVo brand will reveal its new product and on-demand service for New Zealanders before any other country.

TiVo is the world’s most popular media device, giving viewers recording control and playback choice in one famously user-friendly interface. In addition to the TiVo device providing control of free-to-air digital terrestrial television (Freeview|HD compatible), the all-new broadband portal, CASPA™ On-Demand, will have its international debut in New Zealand.

CASPA On-Demand is a world of broadband entertainment including new release movies, hit TV shows for the whole family as well as music videos and concerts. As TiVo is not a subscription service customers can “pay-as-they-use” for CASPA instead of paying monthly fees for shows they do not watch. The broadband content on CASPA is provided as pay-per-view, advertiser funded or free of charge.

The New Zealand launch bundle, sold exclusively through Telecom from November 6, comprises a TiVo 320 Media Device and the Home Networking Package, which enables the customer to transfer TV recordings from their TiVo to their PC or portable device (i.e. PSP or iTouch), as well as view home movies, pictures and listen to their music on the TV.

“TiVo will provide the very best of broadband entertainment and allow Kiwis the freedom to enjoy top-rated movies on the television without impacting their monthly broadband data allowance,” said Ralph Brayham, Telecom director of home services.

“We are absolutely thrilled to premiere this new offering to New Zealanders. With the proliferation of digital free-to-air channels, New Zealanders should have more choice than ever before in how they view, pay for and enjoy their TV,” said Robbee Minicola, CEO of Hybrid TV.

“A key factor in our decision to obtain the licence rights for TiVo in these two countries was to enable broadband features on the television versus the computer. We knew that TiVo was the leader in controlling live television with its award winning features like Season Pass™ recordings and WishList™ searches but we sought to exploit broadband to take the product to the next level. We have achieved that with the CASPA On-Demand service.

“The relationship with Telecom ensures its broadband customers who use the CASPA service will not experience any impact on their monthly broadband data allowance. This is a significant benefit to consumers and explains why only Telecom broadband customers have access to CASPA On-Demand. New Zealanders who are not with Telecom for their broadband can still enjoy the TiVo product but will not have access to CASPA,” said Ms Minicola.

Pricing and availability:

The TiVo media device is available exclusively through Telecom from November 6. It is available in Telecom retail stores and online at

Launch Bundle – NZ$920 includes TiVo 320 Media Device, Wireless Adaptor and free Home Networking Package – on sale until 24 January 2010



Steve Irwin ‘World Khaki Day’ comes to Animal Planet

Sunday 15 November see’s the return of a very special annual event, World Khaki Day, also known as Steve Irwin Day, where we commemorate the extraordinary life of the one and only Crocodile Hunter. Animal Planet will celebrate by running a marathon of Steve Irwin series and documentaries from 11.30am on Sunday 15th November leading into the premiere of his documentary Secrets Of The Crocodile.

Secrets Of The Crocodile reveals Steve’s heroic attempts to shed light on the mysterious reptiles and reveal their most guarded secrets. He enters their world to try to curb people’s negative perception of the crocodile so they can see them as he does, one of the world’s most interesting creatures.

Khaki Day was designed to represent the things Steve was so passionate about, family, wildlife and fun and Animal Planet is proud to be part of this.

KHAKI DAY MARATHON, Sunday 15 November from 10.30am

The Marathon includes…

10.30am: Bindi The Jungle Girl

11.30am: The Crocodile Hunter

3.30pm: Steve Irwin’s Great Escapes

5.30pm: My Daddy The Croc Hunter

6.30pm: Ocean’s Deadliest

7.30pm: Crikey! What An Adventure

8.30pm: Secrets of the Crocodile