Waiving six months of Kordia and RNZ transmission fees

The focus of more immediate relief in response to the impact of Covid-19 is reducing cost and easing cashflow pressure across the sector.

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

67 applications for this support have been received and awarded, with $21.6 million made available under this fund. The successful applicants are listed here.

In line with the intent of this initiative this relief significantly and immediately reduced a key operating cost for a 6-month period, for a range of organisations across the sector.

Extending the waiver – six months of relief on other transmission fees

Work has been done to build on the immediate relief provided by this initiative on Kordia and RNZ transmission fees, include funding transmission fees incurred by broadcasters using other transmission providers, for a period of six months.

This extension will enable relief to a wider range of media organisations and Manatū Taonga is working with Johnston, Dick and Associates (JDA) - the largest other provider of transmission services – to deliver the relief efficiently.

Eligible organisations will receive funding for six months of transmission fees, calculated using the transmission fees paid from 01/04/2019 to 31/03/2020. 

As of 7 August, the Ministry had received 62 applications for relief and anticipate providing just over $1 million in funding by mid-September.

Applications for relief of transmission fees payable to other providers closed on 17 July 2020.  We expect to provide an update on the outcome of applications in early September.

Further information 

If you have any questions please contact us at [email protected]


Updated on 4th September 2020