New Zealand profile - Media

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Image caption Government-funded Maori TV aims to revitalise Maori language, culture

Broadcasters enjoy one of the world's most liberal media arenas.

The broadcasting sector was deregulated in 1988, when the government allowed competition to the state-owned Television New Zealand (TVNZ). Privately-owned TV3 is TVNZ's main competitor.

Satellite platform SKY TV is the leading pay TV provider. Freeview carries free-to-air digital terrestrial and satellite TV.

The New Zealand Herald newspaper has the biggest circulation.

Some 3.6 million New Zealanders - more than 80% of the population - were online by December 2011 (InternetWorldStats).

The press



News websites

  • Scoop - private
  • Stuff - operated by Fairfax New Zealand