Article Title:Queer Nation cancelled
Category:New Zealand Daily News
Author or News Staff
Published on:29th June 2004 - 12:00 pm
Story ID:2402
Text:The world's longest-running queer television programme has been cancelled after a nine-year run. Queer Nation will finish in August, with the future of queer programming on TV in New Zealand as yet uncertain. The fate of the programme was sealed at a public queer TV symposium held by TVNZ late last year, in which they undertook to develop a proposal brief for other programme makers to tender for the show's replacement. Queer Nation programme maker Livingstone Productions was allocated funding for 13 new episodes in 2004 to plug the gap until a new show could be developed. By June, TVNZ was still not ready and NZ On Air funded Livingstone for a further 10 episodes. understands that TVNZ has chosen proposals from two companies, both of which will be given funding to make a pilot episode. Neither of these companies was Livingstone Productions – one is headed by former TV3 programmer Bettina Hollings and the second is Cream TV, a company understood to be comprised largely of former creatives from reality TV queen Julie Christie's Touchdown Productions. One of these will be selected as Queer Nation's replacement, but it is unlikely the new show will go to air before 2005.    
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