New Zealand net reups with Granada

Renewal a blow to Prime

AUCKLAND — TVNZ has renewed its output deal with Granada International, ending speculation it could end a two decade run for its top-rated drama, “Coronation Street.”

The soap and other British fare have been cornerstones of the schedule on TVNZ’s older-skewing channel TV One.

And with TVNZ bowing out of its output deal with the Beeb last year, the Kiwi pubcaster was under pressure to hold onto the Granada catalog.

It includes U.K. network productions, international co-productions, formats, film and programming from the independent production sector.

Current top series include “William And Mary,” “Prime Suspect,” “Life Begins” and “Rosemary & Thyme.”

TVNZ says the deal will also yield a number of fresh new dramas and comedies.

Renewal is a blow for Prime, which has spent heavily this year and could have used familiar U.K. fare to shift its primetime share beyond 5%.

Annemarie Duff, TVNZ general manager of programming for the twin channel operation, noted that TV One has long been the home of “Coronation Street” and numerous other successful Granada programs.

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