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Mediaworks mega ad merger

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Mediaworks has agreed a merger deal with outdoor advertising specialist QMS NZ.

Under the agreement, Australian-based QMS will merge its NZ out-of-home, digital media and production businesses into Mediaworks, which is NZ’s biggest radio operator and owner of the TV network Three and Bravo.

The companies say the deal – which is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2019 – will allow advertisers to build brands and maximise their audience across a variety of media platforms

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NZ On Air: New Music Project scheme gathering momentum

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With more than 70 albums funded to date and more to come, NZ On Air’s New Music Project scheme is quietly making its mark.

A quick scan of the current NZ Album charts show that just under a half of the records were backed by the funding agency’s programme for multi-song projects, which was launched in 2016.

And with around 20 new project-funded albums expected to be released before the end of Summer, head of music David Ridler (pictured) has been pleased with the results to date.

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Going Global: Jacinda Ardern backs 20% radio quota

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The New Zealand Government remains committed to upholding existing local music quotas for commercial radio, according to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

The PM – who is also the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage – told attendees at this year’s Going Global Music Summit that she is “not willing to budge on 20 percent” when it comes to the voluntary code, which was first agreed back in 2002.

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NZ On Air tracks the digital and streaming revolution

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Four in 10 New Zealanders are likely to be streaming music on a daily basis, according to new audience research from NZ On Air.

The latest Where Are The Audiences? Report – produced by Glasshouse Consulting for the broadcasting funding agency – tracks weekly and daily media use across a range of platforms, and is based on interviews with more 1,400 people aged over 15.  Similar studies were undertaken in 2014 and 2016, providing NZ On Air with a detailed portrait of the changing viewing and listening habits of New Zealanders.

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