You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

TV study points up lag in Kiwi content

Local content not benefitting from deregulated TV

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — A new report has confirmed what Kiwis have long suspected about their television system: It may be the least regulated in the world, but its local content level is dismal.

Of 10 countries surveyed, New Zealand comes in last. Local content makes up just 24% of total transmission.

However, the real condemnation of Kiwi-Telly’s deregulated broadcasting system lies in the comparisons with other countries’ legislative approaches. In New Zealand, it’s a hands-off approach to everything about TV. The report, commissioned by license fee funder New Zealand On Air, shows that by comparison other countries have comprehensive legislative requirements to promote national identity and culture.

More TV

  • Brendan Schaub

    Brendan Schaub to Host Showtime Digital Sports Talk Show 'Below the Belt'

    AUCKLAND, New Zealand — A new report has confirmed what Kiwis have long suspected about their television system: It may be the least regulated in the world, but its local content level is dismal. Of 10 countries surveyed, New Zealand comes in last. Local content makes up just 24% of total transmission. However, the real […]

  • Amirah Vann

    'Underground' Alum Amirah Vann to Star in Regina King, Robin Roberts ABC Drama Pilot

    AUCKLAND, New Zealand — A new report has confirmed what Kiwis have long suspected about their television system: It may be the least regulated in the world, but its local content level is dismal. Of 10 countries surveyed, New Zealand comes in last. Local content makes up just 24% of total transmission. However, the real […]

  • Seven Seconds

    TV Review: 'Seven Seconds' on Netflix

    AUCKLAND, New Zealand — A new report has confirmed what Kiwis have long suspected about their television system: It may be the least regulated in the world, but its local content level is dismal. Of 10 countries surveyed, New Zealand comes in last. Local content makes up just 24% of total transmission. However, the real […]

  • CNN Gun Control Town Hall

    CNN Gun Control Town Hall Draws 2.9 Million Viewers

    AUCKLAND, New Zealand — A new report has confirmed what Kiwis have long suspected about their television system: It may be the least regulated in the world, but its local content level is dismal. Of 10 countries surveyed, New Zealand comes in last. Local content makes up just 24% of total transmission. However, the real […]

  • Sinclair Broadcast Group

    21st Century Fox Finalizing Deal With Sinclair to Acquire 6 TV Stations (EXCLUSIVE)

    AUCKLAND, New Zealand — A new report has confirmed what Kiwis have long suspected about their television system: It may be the least regulated in the world, but its local content level is dismal. Of 10 countries surveyed, New Zealand comes in last. Local content makes up just 24% of total transmission. However, the real […]

  • Tiffany Haddish

    Tiffany Haddish to Host 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards

    AUCKLAND, New Zealand — A new report has confirmed what Kiwis have long suspected about their television system: It may be the least regulated in the world, but its local content level is dismal. Of 10 countries surveyed, New Zealand comes in last. Local content makes up just 24% of total transmission. However, the real […]

  • Dan Futterman Variety Facetime

    'The Looming Tower' Boss on the Importance of the Muslim-American Hero of the Story

    AUCKLAND, New Zealand — A new report has confirmed what Kiwis have long suspected about their television system: It may be the least regulated in the world, but its local content level is dismal. Of 10 countries surveyed, New Zealand comes in last. Local content makes up just 24% of total transmission. However, the real […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content