24 Nov 2013

Nearly all regional TV stations make digital switchover - minister

8:06 pm on 24 November 2013

The Minister of Broadcasting says all bar one of New Zealand's regional television stations have made the digital switchover with little issue.

From 1 December, the country's last analogue television signal will be turned off, and only digital signals will be available.

A public broadcasting lobby group says small, non-commercial television stations may not survive and the Government has offered little help to those stations trying to switch over.

However, Broadcasting Minister Craig Foss says nine stations across the country have gone digital without experiencing any significant problems.

He says the taxpayer, via New Zealand On Air, assisted with $70,000 to help stations change equipment from analogue to digital.

Mr Foss says one station, Triangle, has made the commercial choice to go behind a paywall, and that will effect its New Zealand On Air funding in future.