Platinum funded programmes a ratings hit

Published: Wed 7 Sep 2011 09:40 AM
Platinum funded programmes a ratings hit
NZ On Air's Platinum Fund continues to support quality television programming that Kiwis love to watch, says Broadcasting Minister Jonathan Coleman.
Over two million viewers watched four locally-made dramas which screened on TV One's Sunday drama season recently - Billy, Tangiwai: A Love Story, Bliss and Rage.
Platinum funded programmes a ratings hit
The $15 million Platinum Fund was established by the Government in 2009 to support high quality locally-made programming. It took the TVNZ Charter funding and made it available to all producers and free-to-air channels.
''The Platinum Fund is backing local content that New Zealanders want to watch, and it means that the best projects get to the screen,'' Dr Coleman says.
''The high ratings for the Sunday drama season reinforces the success of the contestable Platinum Fund. That's an excellent use of public broadcasting funding,'' says Dr Coleman.
Heading the ratings was the drama about legendary entertainer Billy T James which captured 733,000 viewers, or 18.1 per cent of the total television audience on August 21 - the highest rating for a Sunday Theatre programme for four years.
Following Billy, Tangiwai recorded the second highest ratings with 636,800 viewers. The Katherine Mansfield story Bliss attracted 399,500 people while Rage, a story based on the 1981 Springbok Tour, pulled in 367,500 viewers. In total 2,136,800 viewers tuned in to the four programmes.

Next in New Zealand politics

Finance Minister And RBNZ Governor Agree To Update MOU On Macro-prudential Policy
By: New Zealand Government
Government Offers Formal Apology For Dawn Raids
By: New Zealand Government
Bill Introduced To Protect Against Conversion Practices
By: New Zealand Government
Successive Governments Responsible For Massive Breaches Of The Right To A Decent Home — Human Rights Commission
By: Human Rights Commission
NZUS Council Welcomes Nomination Of Senator Tom Udall As US Ambassador To NZ
By: NZUS Council
Visa Extensions Welcomed By BusinessNZ
By: Business NZ
Green Party Welcomes Conversion Therapy Prohibition Bill
By: Green Party
Te Pāti Māori Welcomes Announcement Of ‘Ban Conversion Therapy’ Bill
By: The Maori Party
The Salvation Army Supports Proposed Conversion Practices Prohibition Bill
By: Salvation Army
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILE © Scoop Media