Backbenches to return in 2013

September 13th, 2012 at 9:09 am by David Farrar

has announced that will return in 2013. It will be primarily funded by , part-funded by Sky, produced by , broadcast live on Wednesday evenings by and shown delayed on TVNZ Heartland channel.

A great collaborative effort, which should mean it is seen by far more people than was the case on TVNZ7.

Funding at this stage is for 20 one hour shows.

As I said when Backbenches finished on TVNZ7, I’ve been a big fan of the show. However there are some format changes they should consider to make it better when it relaunches.

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10 Responses to “Backbenches to return in 2013”

  1. fooman (39 comments) says:

    Why would it be seen by far more people if it is to be shown twice (once on on FTA, once on pay tv) compared with twice on FTA?

    Please explain to me how TVNZ7 was less accessible than Prime? Are you saying that because it is now on Prime, more people will want to watch it? Why?

    Cheers
    FM

    [DPF: Ummn not everyone had digital TV for a start, but channel habits are very powerful.]

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  2. kowtow (8,195 comments) says:

    Left wing clap trap funded by the taxpayer.

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  3. OneTrack (2,985 comments) says:

    Get a presenter who isnt so obviously “progressive”

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  4. barry (1,317 comments) says:

    Does this mean that “The GC” will miss out on getting money?

    My god – what will we do…………….

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  5. Manolo (13,518 comments) says:

    A mediocre, very forgettable TV program. Not worthy of spending any time watching it.

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  6. RRM (9,785 comments) says:

    The whole world’s just AWFUL isn’t it, Kownolo?

    :-) Smile, it makes people wonder what you’ve been up to!

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  7. Manolo (13,518 comments) says:

    Not need to worry, RRM. I smile all the time, in particular at the laughable Mowrri treaty claims.

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  8. Pete George (23,437 comments) says:

    Please explain to me how TVNZ7 was less accessible than Prime? Are you saying that because it is now on Prime, more people will want to watch it? Why?

    TVNZ 7 struggled because TVNZ refused to promote the channel. I only found out about Backbenches from blog comments.

    More people should be aware of Backbenches on Prime, channel 4 is more likely to be found than 77, and TVNZ 7 was not included in most printed TV listings.

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  9. emmess (1,422 comments) says:

    Currently, in the Wednesday 9:30pm slot, Prime has Game of Thrones on, generally accepted to be one of the best shows ever made.
    Assuming it will be on at this time, are they going to replace it with one of the quite possibly worst shows ever made? Yet this show has had public meetings and protests in favour of the channel it was on, as was held up as an example of “quality public broadcasting”.

    What an upside down world we live in.

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  10. Johnboy (15,903 comments) says:

    I take it then it will be a one hour time slot composed of 20min’s of real content and 40min’s of ad’s and sponsor’s shit? :)

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