17 April, 2015

Radio New Zealand is joining the iHeartRadio New Zealand platform, further strengthening its position as the country’s leading digital streaming offering. NZME’s Group Strategy and Operations Director, Carolyn Luey says with Radio New Zealand recognised for its high quality and diverse programming, the partnership adds even greater depth to the existing local selection of stations.

“Radio New Zealand offers great stations and content which will now be available via iHeartRadio. Radio New Zealand’s popular programmes including Morning Report, Checkpoint, Afternoons with Simon Mercep, Saturday Morning with Kim Hill and Sunday Morning with Wallace Chapman will all be carried by iHeartRadio as part of the new initiative, enhancing our offering.”

iHeartRadio New Zealand is a core part of  NZME’s portfolio and Luey believes the Radio New Zealand stations will complement NZME Radio’s current station offering.

“Radio New Zealand provides a non-commercial offering which is very different to NZME’s stations in the commercial market. The agreement includes live stations from three networks, Radio New Zealand National, Radio New Zealand Concert and Radio New Zealand International. They join terrestrial stations as well as digital only stations such as the New Zealand Top 40, Country Nation and Kiwi Kids.”

CEO of Radio New Zealand, Paul Thompson emphasised the value of the initiative in bringing Radio New Zealand’s unique brand of journalism and diverse programming to a wider audience.  

“iHeartRadio New Zealand has over 300,000 registered users, with 56% of them being under 35 years of age. This provides Radio New Zealand access to a younger audience by delivering high quality content to new audiences.  We see adding our stations across multiple platforms as a significant enhancement of our services and partnerships such as this with iHeartRadio are a great way of distributing that content.”      

The Radio New Zealand stations are available now on iHeartRadio.

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For further information or to speak to Carolyn Luey, please contact:
Niki Schuck PR
niki@nikischuckpr.com OR +6421911332

To speak to Paul Thompson, please contact:
John Barr - Radio New Zealand – Head of Communications
John.Barr@radionz.co.nz  OR +64 27 246 4459

About iHeartRadio NZ
iHeartRadio NZ has over 300,000 registered users and offers over 25 locally programmed stations. iHeartRadio features 20 million songs, 800,000 artists, and 1900 radio stations all in one free app. Its new In-Store Radio service strengthens the breadth of iHeartRadio’s New Zealand’s commercial proposition.

About New Zealand Media and Entertainment (NZME)
NZME Radio is New Zealand’s market leader for radio advertising solutions delivered across strong radio and online brands. Based on the commercial radio station survey NZME operate the number one national network, Newstalk ZB and have three of the top five national networks – Newstalk ZB, The Hits and Coast. Other networks are ZM, Hauraki, Flava and Radio Sport, in total they operates more than 130 stations in New Zealand. NZME also has an all-in-one digital radio service iHeartRadio, which is one of the leading, all-in-one digital service in the United States. NZME is 100% owned by APN News and Media.

About Radio New Zealand
Radio New Zealand is this country’s only independent, commercial free, public service broadcaster with a unique voice that sets it apart from other media. It provides news, current affairs, documentaries, drama and music on three networks, Radio New Zealand National, Radio New Zealand Concert and Radio New Zealand International.
Radio New Zealand has multiple platforms and frequencies and a network of offices and journalists throughout New Zealand.  Audiences across the world connect wherever, whenever and however they choose.