Minister of Broadcasting, Kris Faafoi has appointed Andrew Shaw to the NZ On Air Board for a three-year term starting from 1 June 2022.

Having worked in the television sector since 1975, Andrew brings over 45 years’ worth of enrichening experience and sector knowledge to the Board.

Andrew started his career in television as a host on TV2 Presents Andy (later known as Hey Hey it’s Andy). He then went on to front several telethons and entertainment shows. Andrew also worked as a director and producer of entertainment programming for TVNZ on shows such as Mastermind, Royal NZ Ballet performances, Radio with Pictures, Top Town and Radio Times as well as the highly successful sports game-show, Clash of the Codes.

In 2000 Andrew left TVNZ to become Chief Operating Officer of the production company South Pacific Pictures and then, General Manager of programming at Prime, where he championed an increase of local content. In 2007 he returned to TVNZ as General Manager of Commissioning and Acquisitions, later appointed as Deputy Director of Content where he oversaw international acquisitions and co-productions.

Andrew now works as a consultant to independent producers and platforms here and abroad through his own company, Sophos Media Consulting Ltd.

“NZ On Air is delighted to have Andrew Shaw join the board. He brings an enormous depth of experience to the screen content side of our business as well as a wealth of knowledge about NZ culture in a range of domains,” said NZ On Air Board Chair, Ruth Harley.

Andrew Shaw will be replacing Helen Grattan who’s term ended on 30 April 2022, but has stayed on until the end of May.

NZ On Air is an autonomous Crown entity which funds locally produced stories and songs to ensure the content featured on Aotearoa New Zealand’s television, radio, and other media platforms are more reflective of the many people who live here.

The NZ On Air governing board comprises six members with a range of skills and experience from legal, accounting, industry and community backgrounds and helps set the strategic direction of NZ On Air.