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TVNZ TO LAUNCH 24 HOUR KIDZONE CHANNEL ON SKY


1 March 2011

TVNZ TO LAUNCH 24 HOUR KIDZONE CHANNEL ON SKY

TVNZ and SKY have partnered to launch a 24 hour pre-school children's channel on the SKY platform from 1 May called TVNZ Kidzone24.

TVNZ Kidzone24 will feature trusted educational and inspiring content for pre-school children in an advertising-free environment.

Chief Executive Rick Ellis is delighted that SKY has made it possible for TVNZ to extend the popular Kidzone programming block beyond the two hours that are available on public service channel TVNZ 7.

"Kidzone has been an increasingly popular block of programming, providing educational and entertaining content for young New Zealanders, with a significant amount of locally produced programming.

"It is fantastic that we are now able to offer a commercially-viable, expanded Kidzone channel, on the SKY platform.

John Fellet, CEO of SKY Television, is equally thrilled to have Kidzone added to SKY's existing offerings for family viewing.

"We are delighted to be working with TVNZ to assist them build what has been a very popular segment into a dedicated channel of its own.  The addition of TVNZ Kidzone24 to our range of family viewing options underlines our commitment to providing the widest selection of quality programming for all age groups," he said.

The Kidzone24 programme schedule will be released in April and features existing favourites including Kidzone with Kayne, as well as new content with a learning focus.

The channel will be located on SKY Channel 046, within the stable of family channels and will be available as part of the SKY Basic Digital Package. Select content will also be available on iSKY.


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Further information about TVNZ's digital channels:

" From today, 1 March, public service channels TVNZ 6 and TVNZ 7 have merged into an expanded TVNZ 7 broadcast on Freeview channel 7 and SKY channel 077. Two hours of Kidzone programming remains on TVNZ 7 from 6am to 8am daily.

" On 13 March TVNZ launches new commercial channel U on Freeview channel 6 and SKY channel 016.

" TVNZ Heartland remains on SKY channel 017.

" Kidzone24 launches 1 May on SKY channel 046. 


Contact:
Megan Richards
TVNZ Corporate Affairs
021 804 123