The Minister of Broadcasting, Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman today announced the establishment of the Platinum Television Fund for New Zealand-made television content.
The Fund, to be administered by NZ On Air, totals $15.1M and was previously allocated to Television New Zealand. It will be available on a fully contestable basis to the six main free-to-air national television broadcasters. The deadline for the first applications is 10 July, for consideration at NZ On Air's August meeting.
"It is government's view that making this funding contestable will produce better results than limiting its use to one broadcaster" said Dr Coleman. "By encouraging competition for quality, the contestable Platinum Television Fund will ensure the best ideas get supported regardless of which channel it will be shown on".
"We want this funding to really make a difference to what we see on our television screens - not just to fund more of the same content we are already getting" said Dr Coleman. "NZ On Air has developed criteria for the Platinum Fund which focus it on high quality public broadcast content of wide appeal" he said.
Click here for criteria and application processes for the Platinum Fund.