Timebands and Classification Review

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

10 February 2020

We have completed our review of whether changes should be made to timebands and classifications on free-to-air television. Thank you to those who have provided us with feedback and submissions through the process.  The review has concluded that free-to-air television should adopt the pay television classification labels G, PG, M, 16 and 18 and some adjustments will be made to timebands. The 8.30pm watershed will remain for content classified 16 and 18. The details are in the Public Consultation Report available here. The changes will take effect in early May 2020 and will be supported by an awareness raising campaign in April-May 2020, which will provide information to audiences about the changes and how to use parental locks on free-to-air television.

We have amended the Broadcasting Standards in New Zealand Codebook, and particularly the free-to-air television code, to reflect the changes, and we invite your feedback. Please read the consultation report and the amended Codebook and send us your views on the amendments to the Codebook by email to us at info@bsa.govt.nz or call us on 0800 366 996.

You can read our Public Consultation Report and the draft amended Codebook which is released for consultation 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