NZ On Air will fund a new investigative journalism strand for TV3 called 3D Investigates.
The funding will support 10 in-depth investigations into issues and topics of importance to all New Zealanders within TV3’s weekly current affairs programme 3D (formerly 3rd Degree).
“Investigative journalism is fundamental to a strong democracy and national debate. It is becoming increasingly scarce in New Zealand due to the commercial pressures faced by broadcasters and the news media generally,” says Jane Wrightson CEO of NZ On Air.
“When NZ On Air established the Platinum Fund we had a specialist current affairs programme in mind, to broaden the content options for New Zealanders. It is clear that the logistics of a stand-alone investigative journalism programme are not viable, so funding a segment within an existing series makes sense,” Ms Wrightson continues.
3D Investigates, 10 x 30 mins, Mediaworks TV for TV3, $567,420 (Platinum)