February 20, 2013
Financial reality hits funding agency
Cooking shows and documentaries have dominated Te Mangai Paho’s first two funding rounds for this financial year.
Applications for the third round close tomorrow.
Chief Executive John Bishara says the Māori broadcast funding agency would love to fund drama, but its overall $26 million budget for all free to air channels doesn’t allow it.
Of the 30 programmes funded so far, 40 percent include reality-based content, such as Hunting Aotearoa and cooking shows Kai Time on the Road and Manaakitanga Masters.
A quarter went to news, current affairs and documentaries, including $2.25 million for Te Karere and $1.4 million for Marae Investigates, both on TVNZ, and $505,000 for the Ngāpuhi documentary series Kowhao Rau.
The rest went to youth programmes, special broadcasts such as kapa haka, and sports shows.
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