Frequency change for Flava in Auckland

Flava in Auckland, will change frequency tonight The Radio Network announced. It will move from 96.1FM to 95.8FM.

“It is important for listeners to correctly retune their radios to ensure they can continue receive Flava loud and clear”, says Grant Lee TRN’s General Manager Auckland.

“We have a freephone listeners can call if they encounter any reception issues as a result of the changes – it’s 0508 CHANGE or 0508 242643”.

The radio industry in New Zealand has also launched a website for listeners to search out their local frequencies and also find what frequencies in their area are changing – www.frequencyfinder.co.nz

TRN has almost 50 changes to make out of a total of 254 frequency changes required throughout New Zealand before April 2011, when the new twenty year licence management rights commence.

The Ministry of Economic Development on behalf of the Crown has worked with broadcasters to clean up the entire FM band for New Zealand as part of the process of moving to the new rights.

“In theory all frequencies could change at midnight 2 April 2011. However, in practice there is insufficient technical resource to do this. All licence holders are being encouraged to move as soon as possible to avoid chaos in early 2011, that’s why TRN is making the changes in Auckland now”, says Peter Casey TRN’s frequency engineering project manager.

– The Radio Network

Biggest changes to TVNZ News And Current Affairs In 20 Years

TVNZ has unveiled the biggest changes to New Zealand television news and current affairs operations in about 20 years.

TVNZ Head of News, Current Affairs, Sports, Maori and Pacific Anthony Flannery said today the proposed changes involved the introduction of new technology, training to make staff multi-skilled and a reorganisation of news and current affairs gathering processes and practices.

“With TVNZ’s ‘inspiring New Zealanders on every screen’ strategy of getting news, information and entertainment on to many screens, a group of news and current affairs managers have been looking at news and current affairs operations around the world for the past 12 months,” Mr Flannery said.

“British, European and North American broadcasting operations have been changing their news and current affairs gathering processes and practices over the last ten years to create Multi-Media operations. This sees news and current affairs reporters and producers expanding their work across multiple programmes and platforms instead of being limited to one as TVNZ currently is.”

He said that after initial consultation with staff, TVNZ expected to have a customised version of this Multi-Media approach with some dedicated staff for programmes plus a pool of reporters, producers, editors and camera operators.

The proposal is for News and Current Affairs to be grouped into four areas – Newsgathering, Daily Programmes, Current Affairs and Operations. Newsgathering would get the daily stories and Daily Programmes would decide how they would be shaped for the programmes and platforms they were to go on. Operations would do the logistics.

“The proposed News and Current Affairs structure is programme and platform agnostic and based on the philosophy of ‘make once, publish many’ and brings our operations into the 21st century. Instead of a number of different programmes all chasing after the same story and duplicating resources, a reporter and a producer will see a story through the whole day across a number of programmes and platforms.

“The story ideas and follow-ups will be driven from and gathered back to a central hub. They will then be re-purposed for the particular programme or platform they are to go on.

“That’s a better use of resources and reflects that TVNZ now has more than ONE News @ 6 to service. There’s also NZI Business, Breakfast, Midday News, 4.30pm news, Close Up, Tonight, News Updates, Te Karere, sports programmes, News at 8, the TVNZ 7 hourly bulletins, tvnz.co.nz and news for mobile phone providers.

“The current operation was built at a time when ONE News @ 6 was the way most New Zealanders received their news. Digitisation has changed all that and people increasingly get their news anywhere and any time.”

In current affairs the proposal is for SUNDAY, 20/20 and Fair Go to further share resources and there would be more planning and interaction with daily news.

Some 150 reporters, producers and camera operators would shortly begin a training programme over a six month period to teach them the skills of editing. In future reporters and producers would be expected to be able to edit their stories to a greater level of completion, with editors providing the final polish.

This was not new for some reporters, producers and camera operators who already successfully did their own editing, particularly when overseas on assignment. Many international news and current affairs broadcasters already work this way.

He said the company would be spending $1.5 million on the implementation, including new equipment and training as part of this Multi-Media strategy. In future, for example, some reporters would have an electronic wireless internet capable “netbook” so they can write, voice and file from the field. This was critical for the timely transfer of stories for online, mobile and hourly news bulletins.

“Modern, internationally employable news broadcasters will need to work this way. We’re keeping up with the best broadcasters in the world.”

Flannery said the proposed changes would see about 31 roles disestablished, including cancelling seven current vacancies. It would also see the establishment of about 14 new roles. The net impact of this was about 10 fewer roles in News and Current Affairs than now. But because external people would be able to apply for some of those newly established roles it may result in about 15 people – including two current affairs reporters and some producers, editors, camera operators and support staff – losing their jobs out of News and Current Affairs’ 258-strong team.

The staff reductions and changes in work practices once bedded in would result in annual savings of between $3 million and $3.3 million.

-TVNZ

TVNZ news & current affairs programmes attract huge audiences in June

For the second June in a row viewers are turning on TV ONE news and current affairs programmes in huge numbers.

ONE News at 6pm continues to lead the charge – 700,000 viewers watched the flagship news bulletin every night last month, on average.

TV ONE’s late night news show consistently out-rated TV3’s in June.  On average 200,000 watched Tonight with Greg Boyed and Renee Wright  – 40,000 more viewers per evening than Nightline.

Close Up, Fair Go & Sunday continue to dominate the current affairs landscape, attracting over half a million viewers per episode last month.

Close Up’s commitment to breaking stories has been rewarded in June. The show had an extra 88,000 viewers per night than in May.

Breakfast had yet another notable audience increase last month 180,000 people watching on average every morning – 20,000 more a morning than May and almost 50,000 extra viewers a day than in June 2009.

TV ONE’s Breakfast recorded its highest ever audience a few hours after the All Whites drew 1-1 with Slovakia but the overall increase isn’t only due to football.  The FIFA World Cup is helping to boost audience for a programme that’s on-a-roll, Breakfast is consistently attracting new viewers and high ratings.

TVNZ website statistics show the FIFA World Cup and the All Whites are clearly responsible for driving video watching throughout June.  Football takes six of the ten positions on tvnz.co.nz’s Top 10 most watched news videos list, with the live stream of the World Cup the top.

TOP 10 NEWS VIDEOS WATCHED ON tvnz.co.nz IN JUNE

1.    2010 FIFA World Cup: LIVE STREAM

2.    2010 FIFA World Cup: NZL v SVK

3.    ONE News

4.    2010 FIFA World Cup: NZL v ITA

5.    Breakfast

6.    Story: All Whites Hold Italy To Heroic Draw

7.    Story: All Whites Score To Take The Draw

8.    2010 FIFA World Cup: AUS v GER

9.    ONE News Extra: Russell Norman’s Scuffle At Parliament

10. ONE News Midday

AVERAGE TELEVISION NEWS VIEWERSHIP FOR JUNE 2010

ONE News 700,420
3 News 419,180

Tonight 203,860
Nightline 160,720

Source: Nielsen TAM (Measurement: All people 5 years and over – average audience nationwide)

– TVNZ

Nine axes Nightline (again)

Channel 9 Australia has axed ‘Nightline’ for the second time in two years.

The late night news show was pulled in 2008 but returned in November last year.

According to reports, the  host Kellie Connolly has been offered a redundancy package, but it is not known if she has accepted the offer.

SKY News CEO Angelo Frangopoulos told The Australian that SKY News might be interested in picking up Kellie Connolly.

“We’re investing in news and current affairs; I thought Nine said they were, too. What happened to that commitment?’’ ’’ he said.

The decision leaves Channel 9 without a late night news programme with a Federal Election just around the corner.

– Dan News

3 News maintains win year on year vs TV One in key demographics

3 News maintains its stronghold over the 18-49 demographic year on year beating One News with a 32.7% share compared to their 29.4%.

And owning the Auckland market, 3 News has surged ahead year on year in the 18-49 Auckland Urban demographic, with an 11.6.% rise in ratings to 32.7% compared to One News‘ 24.1% – down 7.4% compared to this time last year.

3 News is also well head of One News in the demographic of 18-39 Auckland Urban. Up a staggering 24.8% to 32.6%. One News trails at 18.8%, down significantly by 13.5% compared to June last year.

In the 25-54 Auckland Urban demographic 3 News saw an increase of 3.8%, ending the year to date on a 31.4% share, compared to the same time in 2009. One News took a knock in this demographic, down to a 26.4% share, 13.3% lower year-on-year.

60 Minutes’ move earlier on in the year from Monday to Wednesday nights has also seen significant growth year on year.

In the 18-49 Auckland Urban demographic, 60 Minutes is up 11.1% to a 21.2% share, compared to TV ONE’s Sunday, sitting on a 16.1% share, down 11.2%.

In the 30-49 Auckland Urban demographic, 60 Minutes was up a whopping 28.9%, to 25.2% versus TV ONE’s Sunday on a 21.1% share.

Terrence Taylor, Executive Producer of 60 Minutes says the growth in Auckland is encouraging.

He comments: “Each week we are attracting a bigger audience, which is quite gratifying, because we’re putting a lot of hard work into unearthing the sort of stories we think New Zealanders want to see.

Over the past few weeks we have had a good mix – investigative, informative and entertaining stories – and we are very excited about what we have in store in the weeks to come. “

– TV3