New channels on New Zealand’s TV scene

July 7, 2016

New channels on New Zealand’s TV scene

New Zealand’s TV landscape is going through some impressive changes.

Firstly, MediaWorks is about to launch Bravo to replace Channel 4. Bravo will target all people aged 18-54 and is skewed to the household shopper.

In a statement, MediaWorks has said: “Filling a gap in the free-to-air market, it will become the premier destination for premium unscripted programming, focused on the brand’s unique passion points of glam, design, food and pop culture.”

Programmes include a number of reality TV franchises, such as ‘Million Dollar Listing’, ‘Top Chef’, and ‘The Real Housewives’, including the debut of ‘The Real Housewives of Auckland’.

This follows TVNZ launching Duke only a few months ago, which has a male-skewed audience aged 18-39.

And it seems it is already doing well. Jeff Latch, Director of Content says: “We’re rapt with the performance of Duke over its first nine weeks on air. Peak weekly reach against its target audience of males 18-39 has already grown to 80,000 for W/C 15 May, beating established channels SKY Sports 1 and The Box. The channel is well on track to achieve its first year audience targets.”

Duke airs a number of sports programmes, and a score for the channel is ‘The Late Late Show’, presented by James Corden of ‘Carpool Karaoke’ fame.

In addition, HGTV (Home and Garden TV), launched on June 27, which is being aired on Freeview 17. A 22 year-old channel that is currently across 70 countries, it has a home and lifestyle theme and is targeted at all people aged 25-54. It is very similar to Choice TV. In fact, Julia Baylis, who is the programmer for Choice TV is also the Programmer for HGTV in New Zealand.

From a media perspective, this is all positive news as the new channels provide more targeted and environmental options for advertising. What we believe this also highlights is that media owners are taking advantage of the decrease in SKY subscriptions since the Rugby World Cup finished, and are pouncing on the tastes and demographics previously covered by SKY’s pay-to-view channels.

– Stacey Langlois, Media Manager

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