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Monday 28 February


TVNZ re-launches its public service channel TVNZ 7 tomorrow, offering one destination for advertising-free programming.

TVNZ Head of Digital Channels Eric Kearley said the expanded TVNZ 7 incorporates some of the best programming from TVNZ 6, which ceases broadcast on the same day.

"The expanded TVNZ 7 will continue to offer programmes that are often difficult to see on commercial channels. It retains a commitment to quality local and international content that is challenging, diverse and educational," Mr Kearley said

TVNZ 7 fosters learning, informs discussion and encourages debate for all New Zealanders. 

The channel will screen pre-school content, factual programmes, news and current affairs shows, documentary series, arts programmes and one-off specials.

Key programmes on TVNZ 7 from tomorrow, 1 March include:

" Kidzone daily 6-8am with new episodes of local shows Kidzone With Kayne, Giggles and Pop Up, and international shows Mr Moon and Why?

" Existing programmes made for TVNZ 7, such as Back Benches, Media7, Animal Academy and The Good Word.

" New local programmes for TVNZ 7, such as How To Look At A Painting and Hindsight.

" International Programmes new to a New Zealand audience, such as Justice, This Week with Christiane Amanpour and ABC World.

" Programmes produced through strategic partnerships with organisations interested in making genuine information available to the public, such as Meet The Locals, Tales From Te Papa and Volunteer Power.

" Timely primetime repeats of 'special interest' programmes originally commissioned for off-peak on TV ONE, such as Rural Delivery, Marae and Asia Downunder.

" News bulletins including a short bulletin on the hour every hour from 8am, and a full hour of news at 8pm.

TVNZ 6 and TVNZ 7, launched in 2007 and 2008, were publicly funded channels to encourage Freeview uptake and move New Zealanders to digital television.

Last year the Government agreed to the TVNZ 6 frequency being commercialised and funded from advertising and TVNZ 7 continuing to be public funded until the end of June 2012.

TVNZ will launch a new commercial youth focussed channel, named "U", on the freed-up frequency on 13 March.

From tomorrow 1 March, TVNZ 7 is available on Freeview/TiVo channel 7 and SKY/Telstra channel 77.


For more information:

Megan Richards
Public Affairs Manager
Ph: 021804123

Juliana Kluts
Digital Channels Publicist
Ph: 021 242 6703