About the initiative

A key focus of the first package of support for the media sector in response to the impact of COVID-19, is to provide near term cashflow relief.

Under the first round of this initiative Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage is funding the costs of six months of transmission fees payable to Kordia TV/FM, RNZ AM and for iwi radio stations.

Funding extended to broadcasters using other providers

Building on the more immediate relief provided to media organisations in the first round of this initiative, work has been done to extend support to include funding transmission fees incurred by broadcasters using other transmission providers, for a period of six months.

This recognises that relief will be provided to a wider range of media organisations by including transmission providers other than Kordia and RNZ in the scope of the initiative.

Manatū Taonga is working with Johnston, Dick and Associates (JDA), the largest other provider of transmission services, to assess the relief payable to their customers, and implement this initiative as efficiently as possible.


Eligible applicants are AM and FM radio broadcasters, Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) broadcasters, Direct to Home (DTH) Satellite broadcasters, and are a New Zealand Registered Company.

Smaller broadcasters, such as community and regional broadcasters, which have received no relief from Kordia or RNZ or have received partial relief from Kordia or RNZ, will be eligible to apply for relief.

Detail of the specific costs relating to transmissions that are covered by the initiative can be found in the application form.

Period covered by the initiative

The initiative covers transmission fees for a period of six months. 

Eligible broadcasters using transmission providers other than Kordia and RNZ, will receive funding for six months of transmission fees, calculated using the costs from 01/04/2019 to 31/03/2020. 


Applications for relief of Kordia and RNZ transmission costs and also relief for iwi radio closed on Monday 25 May 2020.

Applications for relief of transmission fees payable to other providers are open from 7 July and will close at 5pm on 17 July 2020.  We expect to update you about the outcome of your application by 31 August 2020.

You can access the application form here.

If you have any questions about this initiative please contact us by email at [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

What do DTT and DTH mean?

Digital Terrestrial Television broadcasters and Direct to Home satellite broadcasters.

If I am a JDA customer, what do I need to do?

If JDA is your only provider please send an email to [email protected] with an expression of interest.

If I’m a JDA customer and a customer of another provider, what do I need to do?

Please complete the application form.

If I’m a customer of a provider other than RNZ, Kordia or JDA, what do I need to do?

Please complete the application form.

How will the amount of the relief be calculated?

We will ask you to supply 12 months of transmission costs and then, if your organisation is eligible, we will make payment to the value of six months of the appropriate costs.


Updated on 8th July 2020