Struggling web lands big global b'cast

AUCKLAND — New Zealand’s TV3 may have struggled financially this past year, but now it has scooped rival TVNZ in a big way.

The web, approaching its 10th birthday later this year, will be the official host broadcaster of what has been dubbed “the biggest television event ever” — the “2000 Today” Millennium Day broadcast.

With New Zealand first to see that historic dawn, TV3 will be one of over 50 networks delivering a live global broadcast of the Millennium Day celebrations to an estimated audience of one billion viewers.

The comprehensive broadcast will be coordinated by the BBC in London, and WGBH in Boston. TV3 topper Graeme Hunter said, “Our unique geographic position means New Zealand will be the first to celebrate the year 2000 and to greet the dawn, giving New Zealand a significant presence in the global broadcast.”

“2000 Today” will deliver the world’s most exciting and memorable events as they happen, starting in New Zealand and moving across Australia westwards to the rest of the world. Executives from the BBC and WGBH were in Auckland for the announcement today.

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