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New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation

Collection | Ref # AANC, AAFK, AAFP | Held by Archives New Zealand, Head Office, Wellington

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New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation


New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation

Level of description:



c22 linear metres

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Historical Information

The NZ Broadcasting Corporation was previously known as the NZ Broadcasting Board from 1931 - 1936 and the NZ Broadcasting Service from 1936 - 1962. The Board had been established as a result of a government review of the control of broadcasting in 1931 and was charged with developing and improving the broadcasting service in exchange for a portion of the fees from the radio licence. It was a private concern and it was not until the 1936 Broadcasting Act that broadcasting became state run. After that date the four national stations became the National Broadcasting Service and local stations were run by the National Commercial Broadcasting Service although these two amalgamated in 1943. In 1947 a permanent NZ Broadcasting Service National Orchestra was formed and in 1962 after the introduction of television the NZ Broadcasting Service was disestablished to be replaced by the NZ Broadcasting Corporation.

Scope and Content

The records consist of subject files 1931 - 1975; papers relating to television 1959 - 1962; war broadcasting material 1939 - 1947; scripts 1942 - 1952; orchestra personal and artist files 1946 - 1995; orchestra programme scrapbook 1962 - 1963; and concert and studio diaries 1962 - 1991.

Subject files, scripts, scrapbooks. personal files, diaries

Dates covered:

1931 - 1995

Access conditions:

Some restrictions apply to artists and subject files

Finding aids:

Record series list available

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