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TV One
Current TV ONE Logo
Launched 1 June 1960 (as NZBC TV)
1 April 1975 (as TV One)
Owned by TVNZ
Picture format 576i 16:9 (SDTV)
720p 16:9 (HDTV)
Audience share 68.5% Free-to-air,
58% Nationally
(2006, ACN)
Country New Zealand
Headquarters Auckland, New Zealand
Formerly called NZBC TV (1960-1975)
Analogue VHF band
normally tuned to 1
Freeview Channel 1
SKY Network Television Channel 001
TelstraClear Channel 1

TV One (stylised as TV ONE) is the flagship station of state broadcaster TVNZ. TV1's studios are co-located with TVNZ corporate headquarters in Auckland. TV1 is the sister station to TV2 and the two stations have some cross promotion.

Formed in 1960 by the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation (NZBC), TV1 (named AKTV2) was the first major broadcast network in New Zealand. In 1975, control of TV1 passed to TVNZ when the three businesses of NZBS (TV1, TV2 & Radio New Zealand), were split-up.

TV1 is available in an estimated 98.2% of New Zealand's households, 98.6% of those with televisions.




1960 - 1975: NZBC TV

On 1 June 1960, New Zealand's first television channel, AKTV2, started broadcasting in Auckland. Owned and operated by the New Zealand Broadcasting Service (NZBS, which became the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation in 1962), it was initially broadcast for two hours a day, two days a week. Christchurch's CHTV3 followed in June 1961, Wellington's WNTV1 a month later, and Dunedin's DNTV2 on 31 July 1962.[1]

Television licences were introduced in August 1960, initially costing NZ£4 (equal to NZ$154 in December 2008).[2][3] By 1965, 300,000 television licences had been issued, and television was broadcasting seven nights a week.[1]

Initially, the four television stations were unlinked, and programming had to be shipped between each station. The most notable example of the unlinked station was when the interisland ferry TEV Wahine sunk in Wellington Harbour on 10 April 1968 - newscasts of the disaster had to be shipped from WNTV1 to the other stations.

The four stations were linked together for the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969; however, the first NZBC Network News didn't transmit until November that year.[1] Even with the stations linked, there was no link between New Zealand and the outside world, and footage of Apollo 11 had to be brought over from Australia by a RNZAF Hercules. With the establishment of the Warkworth satellite station in 1971, New Zealand could finally communicate with the rest of the world. The first live international broadcast was of Princess Anne's marriage to Mark Phillips on 14 November 1973.[4]

Colour television was introduced in 1974 for the 1974 British Commonwealth Games, being held in Christchurch. Due to the lack of facilities, only swimming, athletics, and boxing could be broadcast in colour.[4]

1975 - 1980: TV One

On 1 April 1975, the NZBC was split into 3 separate state owned corporations: Television One, Television Two and Radio New Zealand.

The existing NZBC television service became TV One, and was based in Avalon Television Centre in Wellington which opened that day. TV One used the WNTV1 and DNTV2 studios, while AKTV2 and CHTV3 studios were used for the new TV2, which commenced later that year.

1980 - present: TVNZ

In 1980 the two television channels merged to form Television New Zealand, with the purpose of finally providing a dividend to the Government. The merger was promised to provide 'complementary programming' for both channels.


TV Guide

TV Guide | Television New Zealand

News & Current Affairs

News and Current Affairs programming takes up a large amount of the weekly schedule. The main bulletin, titled ONE News at 6pm, screens daily at 6:00pm. Other news and current affairs shows include Breakfast, ONE News at Midday, ONE News at 4.30pm, Close Up and Tonight.


TV One, through the name ONE Sport (formerly ONE World of Sport), currently holds rights to screen major world sporting events live such as the Commonwealth Games and the America's Cup. Many sporting events involving New Zealand and other countries were previously broadcast through One Sport, such as the Olympic Games, All Blacks rugby tests, and New Zealand home cricket test matches and one day internationals, until the rights for these were bought by SKY Network Television.

Original Programing

TV One's original programming is all made in New Zealand, and many are subsidised by New Zealand on Air.

Imported Programing

The majority of TV One's programming is imported from overseas, mostly from the United Kingdom, with some shows from the United States and Australia also in the lineup.


TV One has used numerous logos throughout its history.

The original logo featured large rounded lettering, sometimes with the top half of the 'o' in the lowercase 'one' divided into rainbow colours.

This was replaced after the formation of Television New Zealand in 1980, with uppercase inline lettering.

The Friz Quadrata typeface and a more classical look debuted in 1987, contrasting Channel 2's more contemporary appearance and highlighting the network's appeal to more traditional and Anglophile viewers.

The more familiar sans serif italic lettering, with mixed case lettering, was Launched during the 1996 Olympics, and evolved into the present style in 2003.

On April 8, 2007 TV One relaunched with a new on-air graphics package, including new idents. Light Surrounding You by New Zealand band Evermore was used as the theme music, and the same logo, although with a revised colour scheme, was retained.

1975 - 1980 1987 - 1995 1995 - 2002 2002 - 2004 2004 - 2007 2007 - 2008 2008 2009 - present
1975 - 1980 1987 - 1996 1996 - 2002 2002 - 2004 2004 - 2007 2007 - 2008 2008 2009 - present

See also

For a more extensive list of New Zealand made programmes screened on all TVNZ television channels, see List of TVNZ television programming.


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