Category Archives: 2009

Down is the new Up

They seem so long ago and far away now, those days when media proprietors were reporting steady growth (typically of revenues, not necessarily readers/listeners/viewers). Now we trumpet “a decline of only 9%” as heartening, at least within the context of the economic tsunami that was 2009. Anyway, that’s the word from Newspaper Publishers Association president… Read More »

Shock! Horror! Readership Results

So the latest magazine and newspaper readership and circulation figures are out and most publications’ numbers are down. Quelle surprise! And with a recession on, too — go figure. Let’s put the bloodbath into some sort of context. Based on ABC circulation figures, here’s how our biggest-circulating newspapers fared (Audited Net Circulation to 31 December… Read More »

Sport of Kings Gets Second TV Channel

The New Zealand Racing Board will launch a new TV channel in time for the summer racing season, with the working title “TAB TV”. The new channel will be shown in all TAB outlets and will also be broadcast on Sky Digital, from December.  TAB TV will be in addition to the existing Trackside channel… Read More »

Mobile Music Awards

The fifth annual Telecom Mobile Music Awards (based on the number of Full Track Downloads, Tru-Tone Ringtones and Caller Tune sales over the previous 12 months) were announced last week: • Tiki Taane took home the award for Highest Selling Ringtone and Caller Tune (NZ) with his track Always On My Mind.  Tiki also scored… Read More »

TiVo shacks up with Telecom

Telecom and Hybrid Television Services, the exclusive licensee of TiVo products in Australia and New Zealand, last week announced a partnership that will see TiVo delivering unmetered entertainment to NZ living rooms from November. The deal means that consumers wanting TiVo have to sign up to Telecom for their broadband services. Customers who choose the… Read More »

Sky By The Numbers

Digging beneath the surface of Sky’s Annual Results: Total Sky subscribers as at 30 June 2009: 779,000. That’s up 4.1% on 12 months ago, confirming the trend of past recessions, i.e. that pay television continues to thrive in tough economic times. Ad Revenues 08/09 $36 million ($40 million in 07/08). UHF subscriptions continue to fall,… Read More »

Yahoo!Xtra Gets Back Into Shopping

Yahoo!Xtra and Hubsta (an operating subsidiary of TheDeal.co.nz) last week announced a partnership to create a new online shopping channel which will be integrated into the Yahoo!Xtra portal. The deal is described by  Yahoo!Xtra CEO Kevin Bowler as an “alliance” rather than a joint venture. Site construction is currently underway with a view to having… Read More »