Chris Barton

Technology columnist for the NZ Herald

Public broadcasting: Where the money goes

$233 million is spent annually on various forms of public broadcasting. Photo / Thinkstock
$233 million is spent annually on various forms of public broadcasting. Photo / Thinkstock

Public service broadcasting: Where taxpayer money goes

$233 million spent annually on various forms of public broadcasting:
Television - $174 million
• $82 million contestable NZ on Air funding (includes $15.1 million Platinum Fund)
• $58 million for Maori television (includes $25 million Te Mangai Paho contestable)
• $18 million for TVNZ 6 and 7
• $5 million for Freeview
• $2 million for Parliament TV
• $9 million for other (Pacific transmission, archiving, digital, NZ On Screen, etc)

Radio - $59 million
• $36 million for Radio New Zealand
• $11 million for Maori radio
• $5 million for New Zealand music
• $3 million for National Pacific Radio Trust
• $4 million for commercial and community radio

Estimates
• $16.25 million - TVNZ continuing "a reasonable level of service" for TVNZ 7. (The government provided TVNZ $79 million over six years to fund TVNZ 6 and 7 offset by a $70 million dividend paid by TVNZ in 2005.

Funding ends in June 2012)
• $6.5 million for RNZ to set up and run "radio with pictures" public service television including $2 million from NZ on Air

Audiences
Average monthly cumulative audience:
• 2.1 million - watching a programme on TVNZ 6 or 7
• 1.6 million - watching a programme on Maori TV
• 2.2 million - listening to a programme on National or Concert radio

Weekly cumulative RNZ audience by programme:
• Morning Report - 368,000
• Nine to Noon - 250,000
• Afternoons with Jim Mora - 244,000
• Checkpoint - 228,000
• Saturday Morning with Kim Hill - 230,000
• Sunday Morning with Chris Laidlaw - 216,000

www.radionz.co.nz:
• 13,740,136 page impressions in 2010, up from 11,264,695 in 2009
• 210,000 page impressions on the day of the 22 February Christchurch earthquake
• 1500 requests per day for audio-on-demand downloads
• 9,000-10,000 requests per day for podcast downloads

Sources: Cabinet papers released under the Official Information Act; NZ on Air; Ministry for Culture and Heritage; Te Mangai Paho; RNZ

- NZ Herald

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