TVNZ to dump Fair Go, two news bulletins

The long-running consumer affairs TV show Fair Go will be dumped by TVNZ.

TVNZ will also discontinue 1 News' Midday and Tonight bulletins and will all finish in mid-May, the state broadcaster said in a statement.

Meetings were held with Fair Go and Midday staff on Tuesday morning, TVNZ reported. Further meetings were being held with teams from the Tonight bulletin and youth website Re:News in the afternoon.

Fair Go started on TVNZ in 1977 and is New Zealand's second-longest-running local television show.

Despite being ditched from television, the broadcaster was proposing to preserve the Fair Go brand by establishing a new team "with a specific focus on long-form consumer and current affairs for TVNZ's digital platforms".

The show's producers said it was "important Fair Go still be there to fight for New Zealanders, so keep writing in and we'll update you when we can".

"We've looked at a problem - and with TVNZ - we think we've found a solution," a post on Fair Go's Facebook page said.

In a statement on Tuesday, TVNZ chief executive Jodi O'Donnell said the broadcaster needed to "move forward with this difficult but necessary proposal".

"I want to acknowledge again the significant value and contribution that these shows have made over many years.

"While these decisions are incredibly difficult, we must bring our costs more in line with our revenue and get our business in shape for a digital-first world.

"However, we've listened to our people and we're pleased to propose a new team to take the lead on long-form consumer and current affairs reporting for TVNZ's current and future digital products."

A meeting with staff from current affairs show Sunday, also proposed to be discarded, was due to take place on Wednesday. 

"The outcome for the proposal for Sunday will be confirmed tomorrow," TVNZ said on Tuesday.

TVNZ's proposal to scrap the shows and jobs last month came just two days after Warner Bros Discovery said it was planning to shut down Newshub and discontinue almost all local programming.

Newshub staff on Wednesday were also due to learn the outcome of a five-week consultation period.