Timebands and Classification Review

Changes to Timebands and Classifications on FTA TV

Timebands and Classification Review - Free-to-Air Television - Outcome

17 April 2020

We have today published the new 2020 Codebook which contains the changes made following our review of timebands and classifications on free-to-air television.  The new Codebook is available here and takes effect on 1 May 2020.

The key changes are:

  • free-to-air television will use pay tv classification labels G, PG, M, 16 and 18
  • adjustments to timebands including PG may be played at any time, M content may be played 9am-3pm on weekdays (but not on weekends or school or public holidays) and from 7.30pm. The 8.30pm watershed will remain for content classified 16 and 18. The details are in the Public Consultation Report available below.
  • a responsible programming principle and additional programme information guidelines apply.

More details about the changes and how to keep kids safe from content on television that might harm them are available on a new website www.safeviewing.co.nz.

You can read our Public Consultation Report and submissions received here:


2016-2020 Review of timebands and classifications on free-to-air television

The documents relating to the 2018 public consultation and research undertaken as part of the review are here:

Consultation Documents

Classification and Timeband review - Long Consultation Book
Classification and Timeband review - Short Consultation Book
Ngā Takiwātanga, Raka Mātua, Kōmakatanga Hoki


Research Reports

Understanding Timebands within Vulnerable Communities Study [2017]
Parental Guidance Survey (TVNZ - BSA - Green Room) [2017]
Public Awareness Survey - 2017


Submissions received in 2018 Public Consultation

  1. Office of the Children’s Commissioner
  2. Better Public Media
  3. Media Matters
  4. The NZ Children’s Screen Trust
  5. Alcohol Healthwatch Trust
  6. Individual Submissions