15 Mar 2012

Third highest year for local TV content

7:15 pm on 15 March 2012

More than 11,000 hours of locally-produced content featured on free to air television in New Zealand in 2011, the third highest total since records began.

New Zealand on Air's Local Content Report shows last year's total comprised more than 8,000 hours of new programmes, but was slightly lower than totals recorded in 2008 and 2009.

The report also shows 37% of prime time hours across the six major free to air networks was locally- produced.

New Zealand on Air's chief executive Jane Wrightson says the range and quality of local television productions is growing all the time.

She says local content has increased by 327% since 1989, when 2,800 hundred hours screened on three channels.