Zealand Broadcasting Service began transmitting from
AKTV2 Auckland at 7.30pm on Wednesday 1 June 1960,
broadcasting for 2 hours per night, 2 nights a week.
A television licence fee was introduced in August, for
the cost of £4.
In October transmission was extended to five nights per
On 1 April 1961, the first commertials were shown on New
Zealand TV, but were limited to only 7 minutes per hour,
on Tuesdays, half of Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Transmission times were also increased to 28 hours per
CHTV3 Christchurch began on 1 June 1961, with WNTV1
Wellington beginning on 1 July.
In 1962 the New Zealand Broadcasting Service became the
New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation (NZBC).
DNTV2 Dunedin began on 31 July 1962.
In 1964 transmission times were increased to 50 hours per
On Easter Monday 1968, the Inter Island Ferry 'Wahine'
hit Barretts Reef at the entrance to Wellington Harbour,
with 51 people losing their lives. As there was still no
link between any of the four NZBC-TV Stations, CHTV3 sent
a camera crew to Kaikoura on the north of the South
Island to film an off-air receiver as the WNTV1 news
bulletin was broadcast that evening. The crew then raced
back to Christchurch, processed the film, and it was
transmitted before closedown. Thus the terrible news
broadcast was the first programme in New Zealand shown on
two stations on the same day. This coverage won the WNTV1
newroom the World News Film Award that year.
A temporary national link was setup in time for the Moon
Landing, being the first programme to be shown across New
Zealand simultaneously. It was not live, however, as the
footage had to be flown from Sydney as there was still no
satellite link from overseas.
NZBC-TV began to be networked in 1973, thanks to an
improved national link. WNTV1 became the center of the
Colour television was formally introduced on October 31
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 1980 the 2 television channels merged to form Television
with the purpose of finally providing a divident to the
Government. The merger was promised to provide
'complementary programming' for both channels.