1 Dec 2012

Local TV shows to prop up Australian quota

2:40 pm on 1 December 2012

A New Zealand television producer says there will be more New Zealanders on Australian screens as a result of increased Australian content quotas.

The Australian Government has just announced that both its free-to-air and digital channels must now produce more local content.

For the free-to-air broadcasters, that means 14 hours of local television per week from next year.

New Zealand programmes qualify as local Australian content.

South Pacific Picture chief executive, John Barnett, says New Zealand production companies already sell a lot of content to Australia and he expects that to increase.

Mr Barnett says if New Zealand on Air contributed to the making of the programme, it will get 25% of the Australian sales proceeds.