NZ On Air gives a boost to investigative journalism

Television · Media Releases · 8th April 2015

NZ On Air will fund a new investigative journalism strand for TV3 called 3D Investigates.

The funding will support 10 in-depth investigations into issues and topics of importance to all New Zealanders within TV3’s weekly current affairs programme 3D (formerly 3rd Degree).

“Investigative journalism is fundamental to a strong democracy and national debate. It is becoming increasingly scarce in New Zealand due to the commercial pressures faced by broadcasters and the news media generally in a small country,” says Jane Wrightson CEO of NZ On Air.

“When NZ On Air established the Platinum Fund we had a specialist current affairs programme in mind, to broaden the content options for New Zealanders. It is clear that the logistics of a weekly stand-alone investigative journalism programme are not viable, so funding a segment within an existing series makes sense,” Ms Wrightson continues.

Funding details

3D Investigates, 10 x 30 mins, Mediaworks TV for TV3, $567,420 (Platinum)