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This is a list of all the news releases produced by the Council in date order.

TELEVISION ADVERTISING STRENGTHENING
Television revenue for the first quarter of 2010 was $122 million, an increase of $3 million or 2.9% from the $118.6 million achieved in the first quarter of 2009.

TELEVISION ADVERTISING FOLLOWS RECESSIONARY TREND
Television revenue for the first half of 2009 was $257.1 million, a drop of 13.3% from the $296.5 million achieved in the first half of 2008.

Television Advertising holds up well despite recession
Total television revenue for 2008 held up well at $647.2 million, a slight drop from the $654.4 million achieved in 2007. The drop of $7.2 million (1.1%) was not unexpected given the current worldwide economic climate.

TELEVISION BROADCASTERS AND B.S.A. RELEASE DRAFT REVISED CODE
The Television Broadcasters' Council (TBC) and Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) have recently released a draft revised Free-to-Air Television Code of Broadcasting Practice. Television viewing in New Zealand hits record levels
Television viewing in New Zealand is proving more popular than ever before. 2008 was a record year for television viewing with the average person watching 3 hours 8 minutes per day, up 8.6% over 2007. This is the highest level of television viewership achieved in New Zealand since records began.

Television Advertising Revenue remains strong for June quarter
Television advertising revenue remained strong at $164.4 million for the quarter ended 30 June 2008, compared to $158.6 million for the same period in 2007.

Television Advertising Revenue increases for June half
Television advertising revenue for TVNZ and TV Works has increased by 3 % for the six months ended 30 June 2008, compared with the same period last year. Despite the slowing economy, television advertising revenue remained strong during this period and is expected to continue throughout 2008.

New Chief Executive for Television Broadcasters' Council
Rick Friesen, currently Chief Operating Officer of TVWorks, has been appointed CEO of the Television Broadcasters' Council (TBC).

New Children's Food Classification System for TV advertising
A new system which restricts the advertising of certain foods in children's programming times is to be phased in from 1 July 2008.

Television Advertising Revenue for 2007 increases by 2.14%
Television advertising revenue totalled $654.374 million for the 12 months ended 31 December 2007, compared with $640.664 million in 2006. This represents an increase of $13.710 million or 2.14 per cent in comparison to the prior period. Figures for the six months ending 31 December 2007 were also up on the same period last year by 4.79% or $16.751 million.

Qantas Television Awards 2007 Winners Announced
The winners of the Qantas Television Awards 2007 were unveiled this evening at the Television industry's prestigious annual awards event. Held at Auckland's Aotea Centre, the awards were hosted by popular television presenters Jason Gunn and Petra Bagust.

October 12 07: Finalists announced for the Qantas Television Awards 2007
The finalists for the Qantas Television Awards 2007 were announced today. The awards give much deserved recognition to outstanding New Zealand television production, including news and current affairs.

August 22 07: Television Advertising Revenue remains firm for June half
Television advertising revenue remained firm at $287.6 million for the six months ended 30 June 2007 compared to $290.6 million for the same period in 2006.

August 2 07: Justine Wilkinson apointed as NZTBC Chief Executive
The Television Broadcasters' Council (TBC) has appointed Justine Wilkinson as Chief Executive.

July 20 07: NZTBC Executive Director Bruce Wallace passes away
Bruce Wallace, Executive Director of the NZ Broadcasters' Council, died earlier this month, a few days after his 60th birthday.

June 5 07: Qantas Television Awards under way
The search is on again this year to find the best television talent in the country. Entries for the 2007 Qantas Television Awards opened online today, (Tuesday, June 5th) to all free to air broadcasters.

May 3 07: New plan to improve TV food advertising to children
Education and Broadcasting Minister, Steve Maharey and Health Minister Pete Hodgson have agreed with major television broadcasters on a new five-point plan aimed at improving food advertising to children.

March 29 07: Qantas Television Awards Project Director appointed
Kerryanne Evans, a former senior news and current affairs journalist and Qantas Media Awards winner, is being appointed to manage the Qantas Television Awards.

March 1 07: Advertising Revenue steady at over 2.2 billion dollars in 2006
The Advertising Standards Authority today reported that advertising revenue across all main media was 2.224 billion dollars for the 12 months ending 31 December 2006. This is a small decline of 5 million dollars or 0.2% on the 2005 total of 2.229 billion.

February 1 07: Television Advertising for 2006 declines 3.87%
Television advertising revenue totalled $640.664 million ($666.427m in 2005) for the 12 months to 31 December 2006. This was a decrease of $25.753 million or 3.87 per cent over the same period in 2005. Revenue improved for the three months ending 31 December 2006 and was up 1.36 per cent or an increase of $2.457 million over 2005. A total of $182.556 million was earned compared to $180.099 million in the same three months in 2005.

November 20, 06: Winners announced for the 2006 Qantas Television Awards
The winners of the 2006 Qantas Television Awards were announced this evening during a glamorous awards ceremony at Auckland's Aotea Centre. Hosted by leading television presenters Dominic Bowden and Petra Bagust, the Awards recognised the best of the New Zealand television industry, including news and current affairs.

October 17, 06: Finalists announced for the 2006 Qantas Television Awards
Finalists for the 2006 Qantas Television Awards were announced today. The awards recognise excellence in all New Zealand television production, including news and current affairs.

August 02, 06: Television advertising for June half declines by 3.26%
Television advertising revenue reduced by 3.26 per cent (or $9.775 million) to $289.796 million for the six months to 30 June 2006 compared to $299.377 million for the same period in 2005.

July 26, 06: Television Broadcasters Say Ad Ban will not reduce Obesity
The leading free to air television companies have today told the Health Select Committee enquiry into Obesity that the link between the television advertising of foods, fast food outlets, beverages and sweets and obesity is very small compared to the influence of parents and other societal factors. A ban on such advertising on television is therefore unlikely to have any significant impact on obesity levels.

June 26, 06: Qantas Television Awards underway
The Qantas Television Awards are underway for the second year and seeking the best of talent, on-screen and off, from New Zealand programmes broadcast on free-to-air television. The awards recognise excellence in all main genres of homegrown television, including news and current affairs.

Feb 7, 06: Television Advertising breaks record for 5th year running
Television advertising revenue totalled $666.4 million ($643.0m in 2004) for the 12 months to 31 December 2005. This is an increase of $23.4 million or 3.6 per cent over the same period in 2004. It is the 5th annual increase since 2001 and is the highest total ever recorded for television advertising in New Zealand.

Nov 17, 05: Awards and more awards
It is the season for awards and last weekend the television industry patted itself on the back. The Qantas Television Awards are a new venture by the free television industry and illustrate that despite the daily competitive battles between them, the networks understand the value of celebrating success together.

Nov 12, 05: Winners announced for inaugural Qantas Television Awards
The winners of the inaugural Qantas Television Awards were announced this evening at a star-studded ceremony held at Auckland's Aotea Centre.

Nov 9, 05: NZTBC Advises Change in Trading Demographics
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Oct 26, 05: Food companies fight obesity battle
A recent review of the first year's progress of a voluntary accord shows a long list of initiatives undertaken by food companies to battle New Zealand's obesity epidemic.

Aug 30, 05: Free to Air TV rejects United Future's Watershed Policy
The industry group representing free television channels says that United Future's policy (announced today) to start adult programmes at 9.30 pm instead of 8.30 pm will upset many viewers.

Aug 25, 05: Qantas Sponsors Television Award
Qantas Airways will sponsor the Television Awards being held later this year by free television broadcasters. The awards will be called the Qantas Television Awards.

Jul 26, 05: Television advertising growth strong at 6.8%
Television advertising revenue increased by 6.8 per cent ($19.035 million) to $299.377 million for the six months to 30 June 2005 compared to $280.342 million for the same period in 2004.

Jun 20, 05: New look Television Awards launched
New Television Awards are being launched by the free TV broadcasters which will be a first for television in New Zealand. They will be the first to recognise excellence in all main genres of homegrown television, including news and current affairs.

Apr 11, 05: New Chairman for Advertising Standards Authority
The new Chairman of the Advertising Standards Authority is Bruce Wallace, Executive Director of the NZ Television Broadcasters' Council, representing the free TV industry. He replaces David Innes, the Executive Director of the Radio Broadcasters' Association, who stands down after a two year term.

Mar 09, 05: New Chairman for Television Broadcasters' Council
The new chairman of the NZ Television Broadcasters' Council is Chris Taylor, the Chief Executive Officer of Prime Television New Zealand. He replaces Brent Impey, the CEO of CanWest TVWorks.

Feb 02, 05: Television Advertising breaks record for 4th year running
Television advertising revenue totalled $644.0 million ($591.7m in 2003) for the 12 months to 31 December 2004. This is an increase of $52.3 million or 8.8 per cent over the same period in 2003. It is the 4th annual increase since 2001 and is the highest total ever recorded for television advertising in New Zealand.

Oct 21, 04: Television advertising grows 11.3% in Sept quarter
Television advertising revenue increased by 11.3 per cent ($18.0 million) to $178.2 million for the three months to 30 September 2004 compared to $160.2 million for the same period in 2003. For the 12 months to 30 September 2004 the revenue increase was 12.0% ($67.8 million) with a total of $634.6 million compared to $566.8 million for the same period to September 2003.

Oct 10, 04: BSA releases new Broadcasting Code for Promotion of Liquor
After industry consultation and following the 2003 ASA review of the liquor advertising codes, the BSA has released a new Code for the Promotion of Liquor which will apply to all broadcast media. The code is effective from 1 December 2004. In addition, television broadcasters have released new guidelines for promotion of liquor in sports programmes, which will guide programme makers, sports organisations and sponsors through the process for liquor promotion in sport.

Sep 03, 04: ASA to review advertising codes
The Advertising Standards Authority will review its codes for food advertising and advertising to children, according to the Authority's Executive Director, Glen Wiggs.

Sep 02, 04: Irwin: Accord the best way forward
A ground-breaking Food Industry Accord is the best contribution companies and organisations working in the industry can make to encourage New Zealanders to eat in moderation a balanced diet, according to the executive director of the Association of New Zealand Advertisers, Jeremy Irwin.

Sep 02, 04: Food Industry Accord launched
Click the link above for the text of addresses given by NZTBC Executive Director Bruce Wallace and Minister of Health Annette King at the launch of the Food Industry Accord. A copy (.pdf form) of the Accord is available here. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to access this document. If you do not have it, you can get it for free here.

Aug 02, 04: Television advertising decline rejected
The television industry rejects statistics that show any decline in advertising revenue. Industry spokesman, Bruce Wallace, executive director of the NZ Television Broadcasters Council, says the industry reports actual spending which, at $153.0 million, was up $26.5 million or 17.3% on the three months to 31 March 2004.

Jul 29, 04: No let-up in ad revenue growth
Television advertising revenue increased by 8.3 per cent ($11.7 million) to $153.0 million for the three months to 30 June 2004 compared to $141.3 million for the same period in 2003. In the first six months of 2004 the revenue increase was 9.4% ($24.0 million) with a total of $279.5 million compared to $255.5 million in 2003.

Jul 09, 04: Direct to consumer advertising of prescription medicines - part of a well functioning democracy and economy
Click the link above for a downloadable and printable version of an article by Jeremy Irwin, Executive Director of the Association of New Zealand Advertisers, on the subject of direct to consumer advertising of prescription medicines. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to access this document. If you do not have it, you can get it for free here.

Jun 06, 04: Revenue growth relentless
Television advertising revenue increased by 10.8 per cent ($12.3 million) to $126.5 million for the three months to 31 March 2004 compared to $114.2 million for the same period in 2003.

Apr 23, 04: Why an apple a day should not be illegal in advertising
Click the link above for a downloadable and printable version of an article by Glen Wiggs, Executive Director of the Advertising Standards Authority, about food advertising. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to access this document. If you do not have it, you can get it for free here.

Jan 27, 04: Ad revenue reaches record levels
Television advertising revenue totalled $591.7 million ($516m in 2002) for the 12 months to 31 December 2003. This is an increase of $75.7 million or 14.7 per cent over the same period in 2002 and breaks last year's record return.

Oct 21, 03: Ad revenue: More good news
Television advertising revenue increased by 14 per cent ($19.5 million) to $160.2 million for the three months to 30 September 2003 compared to $140.7 million for the same period in 2002.

Aug 28, 03: Broadcasters welcome Government's DTV Plans
Television broadcasters have welcomed the Government's decision to work with the industry to establish a plan for the roll-out of digital television in New Zealand.

Aug 01, 03: New liquor code gets thumbs-up
The New Zealand Television Broadcasters' Council welcomes the new code for liquor advertising, developed by the independent ASA Review Panel on Liquor and Advertising.

Jul 24, 03: More double-digit ad revenue growth
Television advertising revenue increased by 15 per cent to $141.3 million for the three months to 30 June 2003 compared to $123.2 million for the same period in 2002. The increase takes the total change for the first six months of 2003 to 14 percent.

Jun 26, 03: New TV audience research agreement inked
Nielsen Media Research is to expand its television audience measurement panel following the signing of long-term agreements with New Zealand's four leading television broadcasters.

May 09, 03: NZTBC Chairman Ian Fraser speaks out on the Advertising of Food
The text of an address by NZTBC Chairman Ian Fraser to the ASA Food Symposium on 5 March 2003.

Apr 16, 03: Ad revenue still growing
Television advertising revenue increased by 11.1 per cent for the three months to 31 March 2003 over the same period in 2002. The quarterly increase follows on the 11.3 per cent increase recorded for the quarter to 31 December 2002.

Apr 14, 03: Govt Spending Closes Gap in World Rankings
The NZ Television Broadcasters' Council has released its annual comparison of Government support for television in five countries. New Zealand continues to perform at the bottom of the league table with Government support amounting to $26 per head of population.

Mar 14, 03: Ad revenue breaks records
Television advertising revenue increased by 6.6 per cent for the three months to 30 September 2002 over the same period in 2001. The increase for the nine months to 30 September was 5.9 per cent.

Jan 30, 03: December quarter ad revenue up
Television advertising revenue increased by 6.6 per cent for the three months to 30 September 2002 over the same period in 2001. The increase for the nine months to 30 September was 5.9 per cent.

Oct 15, 02: TV ad revenue up again
Television advertising revenue increased by 6.6 per cent for the three months to 30 September 2002 over the same period in 2001. The increase for the nine months to 30 September was 5.9 per cent.

Aug 16, 02: New Chairman for Television Broadcasters' Council
The new chairman of the NZ Television Broadcasters' Council is TVNZ Chief Executive Officer, Ian Fraser. Mr Fraser replaces Rick Ellis, the former CEO of TVNZ.

Jul 26, 02: TV ad revenue on the up
Television advertising revenue increased by 7.1 per cent for the three months to 30 June 2002 over the same period in 2001.

Jul 3, 02: Engineering Policy Announcement
An announcement from the The New Zealand Television Broadcasters' Council concerning the introduction of the 16:9 aspect ratio.

May 24, 02: ONTV makes waves
The New Zealand Television Broadcasters' Council has hailed the success of its inaugural ONTV Conference on Television and Advertising held on Auckland on 18 April.

May 9, 02: Broadcasters welcome funding increase
"Great news for the television production and broadcasting industries," is the reaction today from television broadcasters to the Minister of Broadcasting's announcement of increased funding for television productions.

Apr 29, 02: NZ still bottom of Television League Table
Television broadcasters are calling for increased support for local television production.

Apr 17, 02: First quarter ad revenue up
Television advertising revenue increased by 3.5 per cent for the first quarter of 2002 over the same period in 2001.

Apr 2, 02: 2001 television advertising down as predicted
Television advertising revenues for the calendar year 2001 were $479 million (2000: $501 million), a reduction of 4.4 per cent. The returns include revenues from all free to air channels and Sky Pay television.

Jan 31, 02: Television Conference Switches On Again
The television industry's first ever international conference on television and advertising is taking place in Auckland on Thursday 18 April, 2002.

Dec 12, 01: NZTBC releases Digital Televison Policy
The NZTBC has released A Digital Transition for New Zealand Broadcast Television in New Zealand.

Oct 17, 01: New Chairman for Television Broadcasters' Council
The founding chairman of the New Zealand Television Broadcasters' Council and former CEO of TV3 and TV4 Networks, Mr Graeme Hunter, has stood down after three years. Mr Rick Ellis, chief executive of Television New Zealand, is the new chairman.

Sep 27, 01: Uncertainty causes postponement of Television Conference
The ONTV conference on television and advertising on 11 October in Auckland has been postponed. The sponsoring organisation, the NZ Television Broadcasters' Council, has decided that international conditions are too uncertain to proceed with an event which was reliant on a number of speakers flying in from around the world.

Sep 14, 01: Millions watch Television Coverage of US Tragedy
High numbers of people watched the all day coverage of Wednesday's tragic events in the United States of America by TV One and TV3 especially first thing in the morning. The coverage extended through until lunchtime on Thursday 13 September.

Aug 16, 01: Local Television Broadcasters host international speakers at Auckland conference
Free to air television companies are holding a major international television conference in Auckland on Thursday 11 October canvassing the latest ideas in television advertising.

May 26, 01: Six out of ten New Zealanders oppose opinion poll ban
A recent nationwide opinion poll has found that 59 per cent of New Zealanders oppose a ban on the publication of opinion polls during a general election campaign.

May 18, 01: New Zealand at bottom of Television League Table
Television broadcasters are calling for increased support for local television production in the light of two reports released today.

May 5, 01: Television viewing hours increase
The average time spent watching television in 2000 increased over 1999. New Zealanders, on average, spent 2hours, 48 minutes watching television daily, which was up on 1999.

Mar 27, 01: Guidelines for Children's Television Advertising resolved
New voluntary guidelines for advertising and sponsorship during children's television were announced today from a coalition of groups involved in children's television.

Mar 15, 01: Television advertising revenue hits $500m
The television industry has broken through the $500 million barrier for the first time. Revenue earned from advertising in 2000 totalled $501 million. This represents a three per cent rise over the $487 million earned in the same period in 1999.

Dec 15, 00: Television broadcasters reviewing audience measurement contract
The New Zealand Television Broadcasters' Council is putting the supply of audience research information up for competitive tender in the first half of 2001.

Nov 14, 00: Television Council appoints chairman
The New Zealand Television Broadcasters' Council has appointed Graeme Hunter as an independent chairman. Mr Hunter, who has recently resigned as managing director for TV3 and TV4, was CanWest NZ's representative on the Council from its inception in 1998.

Jul 30, 00: Television advertising keeps growing
Advertising sales on free-to-air network television for the three months ending 30 June 2000 grew 4.9 per cent over the same period in 1999. The sales figures were released today by the NZ Television Broadcasters' Council.

Jul 23, 00: International study shows NZ broadcasting lags in govenment funding support
A survey of the television industries of six key or comparable nations shows that New Zealand lags well behind them all in terms of Government funding for programmes.

May 2, 00: Television media spend hits record
Television advertising revenues hit a record level of $487 million for the year ending 31 December 1999. The figures for the annual New Zealand advertising media spend were released today by the Advertising Standards Authority. The 1999 spend was $14 million (three per cent) up on the 1998 spend of $473 million.

Apr 14, 00: New advances in digital television audience measurement
Television broadcasters and AGB Nielsen Media Research are expanding audience measurement to include viewing to all digital channels. An extra 30 homes will increase the existing 440 home panel to 470 homes covering all New Zealand and providing ongoing daily ratings data.

Apr 10, 00: Television advertising grows 10.9%
Advertising sales on free-to-air network television for the January-March 2000 quarter grew 10.9 per cent over the same period in 1999. The sales figures were released today by the New Zealand Television Broadcasters' Council.

Mar 19, 00: NZ's story being told on television in 1999
New Zealand's free to air Television Channels showed a consistently high level of local programmes telling stories about New Zealand to New Zealanders in primetime in 1999.

Feb 1, 010: Digital television coming to New Zealand
Television broadcasters are confident that New Zealanders will see digital terrestrial television in their homes in the future despite the Government's decision on Television New Zealand's digital television project.

Dec 12, 99: Television networks report continuing strong growth in advertising sales
Network television advertising sales for the October-December 1999 quarter grew at 5.5 per cent over the same period in 1998 according to figures released today by the New Zealand Television Broadcasters' Council.

Nov 23, 99: Broadcasters welcome digital move
Television free-to-air broadcasters today welcomed the Government's announcement of further progress in the reservation of UHF spectrum for the digital terrestrial simulcast of free-to-air TV channels.

May 26, 99: Christmas television viewing takes off
More people watched television over the 1998/99 December/January holiday period than in the previous year despite the record high temperatures New Zealand experienced over summer.

May 10, 99: Television number one in annual media spend
Television advertising returned to the top slot in the annual New Zealand advertising media spending figures released today by the Association of Advertising Agencies. (see attached graph)