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TVNZ
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1980-1989


1989-1994


1994-

TVNZ
Television New Zealand

The New Zealand Broadcasting Service began transmitting from AKTV2 Auckland on 1 June 1960, broadcasting for 2 hours per night, 2 nights a week.
In 1962 the New Zealand Broadcasting Service became the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation (NZBC).
In April 1964 the NZBC formally asked the government for the approval of a second television channel, but it was turned down as the priority was to complete primary coverage around the country before any additional services were offered.
In 1970 an enquiry was began into the need for a second channel, and by 1971 two proposals were being considered; the NZBC's 2nd non commertial channel and the Independent Television Corporation. The Broadcasting Authority was in favour of Independent Television's bid, but in 1972 the Labour Party came into power and awarded the licence to NZBC before any formal hearings could take place. $50,000 compensation was eventually awarded to the losing applicant.
On 1 April 1975, the NZBC was split into 3 seperate state owned corporations;
Television One, Television Two and Radio New Zealand. The Avalon Television Centre in Wellington opened that day and became the headquarters of TV One. WNTV1 and DNTV2 studios were used for TV One, while AKTV2 and CHTV3 studios were used for TV Two, which commenced later that year.
In 1977, however, the 3 new corporations combined back together to form the BCNZ.
In 1980 the 2 television channels merged to form Television New Zealand, with the purpose of finally providing a divident to the Government. The merger was promised to provide 'complementary programming' for both channels.
In 1 December 1988 the BCNZ was legislated out of existance, and split TVNZ and Radio New Zealand into stand-alone corporations.
In 1989 the revised Broadcasting Act deregulated the New Zealand market and allowed for the auctioning of UHF frequencies. The act also allowed for
commercials to be broadcast on Sundays for the first time, but only after
midday. The Broadcasting Standards Authority was formed, and the independent body 'New Zealand On Air' was set up to distribute the funds raised from the 'Broadcasting Fee', which replaced the TV Licence.
In 1995 TVNZ launched Horizon Pacific Television, consisting of four regional TV stations. By 1997 TVNZ had replaced all stations with the world's only free-to-air broadcast of MTV. The following year it too was shut down.
On 1 December 2001, both TVNZ channels commenced broadcasting on the Sky Digital Satellite service.

Special thanks to Ian Brash for the TVNZ history and logos!