Funded public media on the rise says NZOA

Posted Tuesday 04 Dec 2018

It's a pleasure to be the bearers of good news, and we're glad to share this! NZOA reports that the first year of its platform-neutral funding strategy (the NZ Media Fund) has been a great success, with much more diverse public media and a 50% increase in the number of funding applications received. In its Annual Report for the 2017/18 year NZ On Air reports that the new strategy resulted in over 90,000 minutes of screen content available on 34 different platforms, 25,772 hours of content in 51 languages on community access radio, and local music experiencing a resurgence on commercial radio for the first time in several years - hitting 18% of songs played in the first half of 2018. Other highlights of the year include the successful launch of children's platform HEIHEI, and a strong response from the production sector to a call for stories to mark Suffrage 125, creating 11 distinct projects from a $2m investment.