TVNZ has appointed Jonathan Symons to the new executive role of marketing director.
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Last night, TVNZ and its agency and production partners gathered at Auckland’s Shed 10 to cut the ribbon on a new season line up. But as much as it was a celebration of what’s to come, it was a chance for the broadcaster to recognise all it’s achieved in the past year in its push to connect with more Zealanders than ever in more places than ever before.
TVNZ has released its FY2017 annual results, with a $19.5 million loss in EBITDAF on the previous year due to an onerous contract provision with Disney and marginal year on year declines in advertising revenue. We talk to chief executive Kevin Kenrick about outdated output deals and how TVNZ is placing bets on the future.
We take a look at yesterday’s new season announcement to see how TVNZ is reacting to convergence and what it is going to fill the screens with, with a line up including Survivor New Zealand, Filthy Rich and new international hits.
It took over two and half years and cost around $60 million, but TVNZ has finally moved into its new office space. We chat to TVNZ chief executive Kevin Kenrick about moving back home.
TVNZ is looking to offer advertisers a means by which to reach male audiences through a new free-to-air TV channel. We chat to the broadcaster’s chief executive Kevin Kenrick about why it’s made this move.
In an ongoing series, StopPress talks to a range of newsmakers to find out how those trying to shine lights into dark places are keeping their own lights on and whether commercial realities are leading to editorial compromise. Next up, Ben Fahy talks with TVNZ’s chief executive Kevin Kenrick.
TVNZ is having a fairly rough time of it at the moment in terms of PR, with the Shane Taurima saga, the fake abuse own goal, Brian Edwards’ attack on Fair Go and, adding salt into its wounds, even a bit of a slap from overseas with calls from an ex-head of TVNZ telling the BBC not to replicate New Zealand’s public broadcasting model. But, according to its half-year earnings report, the finances aren’t looking too bad at the state broadcaster, with a net profit after tax of $20.8 million for the six months to 31 December, up 47 percent on the same period last year. Plus: TVNZ’s disappearing Igloo?
There’s been plenty of ink dedicated to Seven Sharp over the past few months—a bit too much in the opinion of TVNZ chief executive Kevin Kenrick. But far from free-falling, the more informal, magazine-style current affairs show has stabilised to an average audience of around 375,000 viewers. And, in an effort to get more New Zealanders to give the show a go, it has launched a new campaign via its inhouse agency Blacksand.
TVNZ’s new current affairs show Seven Sharp got off to fairly shaky start. So 18 weeks in, how is it holding up? And what has its arrival meant for the 7pm ratings? PLUS: Comment from TVNZ’s new HONCA John Gillespie.
When we spoke with TVNZ’s head of sales Jeremy O’Brien last year about its new branded content initiative, he said he made no apologies for TVNZ being a commercial broadcaster. And, unlike many other commercial broadcasters in this part of the world, it’s actually making a profit and is on target to meet its full year Statement of Intent forecast.
Less than one year into the role and just before the launch of the new primetime news show Seven Sharp, TVNZ’s head of news and current affairs Ross Dagan has followed in the footsteps of his Australian predecessor Anthony Flannery and resigned to return to his homeland. He will depart the network in March.
No one likes to be shouted at, not least by the likes of the Big Save Furniture lady and Harvey Norman, who for the past goodness knows how many years have had sales on every other day apparently worthy of an aural assault. But that’s all set to change this coming Sunday, when Television New Zealand decreases the decibel limit of its television advertising as part of a sound compression agreement signed by all the major networks.
It aims to put on good shows all year, and, with a selection of its stars wheeled in (including a performance from the biggest of them all, Billy’s Big Brass Brand), a few branded ice sculptures (rumour has it new chief executive Kevin Kenrick fashioned them with his bare hands), lots of bass, some slick production and plenty of delicious things in spoons, TVNZ certainly put on a good one last night to launch its 2013 season.
TVNZ’s balance sheet took a hit last year after the ill-fated TiVo investment was written off. But, despite an almost $4 million decrease in underlying earnings, the bottom line is looking healthier, with after tax profit for the year ended 30 June 2012 increasing from $2.1 million in 2011 to $14.2 million this year. PLUS: new chief executive Kevin Kenrick’s speech at the TVNZ-NZ Marketing Awards.
It took a while, but Kevin Kenrick, a well-known New Zealand business figure who has held a number of leadership roles with Lion Nathan, Telecom New Zealand, and most recently, House of Travel, has been named as the new chief executive of TVNZ and will take up the position in the middle of May.