TVNZ restructure: Sunday to be axed, final show on May 19

TVNZ has announced its flagship news show Sunday will be axed.

It is believed its last broadcast will be on Sunday, May 19.

On Tuesday, the state broadcaster confirmed its long-running consumer affairs TV show Fair Go was being dumped as part of a cost-cutting proposal which would result in the loss of 68 jobs. 

The proposed cost-saving cuts at TVNZ was first revealed last month, days after Warner Bros. Discovery announced its own proposal, which was since confirmed.

TVNZ will also discontinue 1 News' Midday and Tonight bulletins, which will finish mid-May, the state broadcaster announced.

In a social media post, the Sunday programme posted that they were "all gutted".

"We were told the company can no longer afford to produce it and our last programme will be mid-May.

"We're all gutted. Not just for the loss of our jobs, but for the loss of a special part of the news landscape in Aotearoa that gave New Zealanders a voice for more than 20 years.

"TVNZ  have told us that they want to reimagine current affairs, with a smaller digital offering. But Sunday as we've known it will end."

Host Miriama Kamo shared the statement with the phrase: "No words."

In a statement sent to media on Wednesday, TVNZ CEO Jodi O'Donnell said ending Sunday "was not an easy decision".

"I want to acknowledge the excellent journalism that Sunday has delivered to New Zealand audiences over many years," O'Donnell said.

"As we announced yesterday, we're proposing to establish a new long-form team within our news operation, which would continue to bring important current affairs and consumer affairs stories to Aotearoa in a different way on our digital platforms."

She also signalled more change would be at hand.

"We're focussed on securing a sustainable future for TVNZ and that means leaning into a period of change and digital transformation so we can continue to deliver for New Zealand viewers and advertisers."