Rebroadcast Stratos Television and secure the future of public service television in New Zealand. sign now

On 23 December, Stratos Television, the country's only nationwide independent non-commercial channel ceased broadcasting.

Stratos broadcast a mix of English-language news programmes from the likes of Al Jazeera and the ABC, foreign language content aimed at ethnic minorities, and locally-produced public service content.

According to Its chief executive Jim Blackman, Stratos' annual operating costs were only $NZ1.2 million. Most of this tiny budget was spent paying a state-owned company for transmission services.

Many public service broadcasters such as Stratos and regional television stations won’t appear able to survive the digital switch over which will conclude nationwide by 1 December 2013, due in part to higher transmission costs and government unwillingness to support them in an increasingly commercialised media landscape.

The government’s unwillingness is demonstrated through the closure of TVNZ 6 and on June 2012 TVNZ 7. This decision leaves New Zealand as the only developed country without a broadly-targeted, state-funded broadcaster.

Please support this petition to rebroadcast Stratos Television and secure the future of public service television in New Zealand, whose programming provides substance over style which the commercial broadcasters increasingly can’t seemingly equal.

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Andre McGregorBy:
Entertainment and MediaIn:
Petition target:
Minister of Broadcasting Hon Craig Foss

Petition community:
NZ Public

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