Choice TV is 100% New Zealand operated and owned. Choice TV launched on Saturday 28th April 2012 on the Freeview digital platform, and on Freeview satellite on 5th July. On September 1st 2012, the network launched on SKY Channel 78 (Now on Sky Channel 26 as of May 1st 2013), as part of SKY's basic package. It is New Zealand's first broad appeal free-to-air TV channel launched in more than a decade and offers viewers an exciting and interesting range of programmes twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.
Choice TV's programming centres on entertainment, information and lifestyle content from around the world. To achieve this, major shareholder Top Shelf Productions (one of New Zealand's leading production companies) has acquired unique and previously unseen international content; programmes that tap into the tastes and interests of many Kiwi viewers with themes like property, homes, travel, gardening, food, design, comedy and drama.
Choice TV is owned and operated by Top TV Ltd.
Our management team:
Julia Baylis is Co-Founder, and Director of Programming & Acquisitions at Choice TV. She has spent the past five years as Head of Programming and Acquisitions for Living Channel and Food TV. Prior to this Julia spent eight years with Television New Zealand in the Programming area of the company – the majority of her time with the network as Head of Programming for TV2.
Alex Breingan is Co-Founder & Managing Director of Choice TV. Alex was formerly Channel Manager for Sky TV's Food TV and Living Channel, and spent 15 years in radio including time as Mediaworks Radio Operations Manager and Assistant Programme Director for both More FM and RadioLIVE. He began his career in the mid 1990's in UK commercial radio and later as a producer at the BBC before moving to NZ in 2002.
Vincent Burke is Co-Founder of Choice TV. He established Top Shelf Productions in 1988 and has made iconic documentary and factual programming including iconic series like Target, What's Really In Our Food?, Immigrant Nation, Frontier Of Dreams and Media 7.
Laurie Clarke is Co-Founder of Choice TV, and has been with Top Shelf as executive producer, producer and director since 2002. Prior to that he worked as a current affairs producer with TV3 and in various TV roles in Australia with the ABC.
Holly Pollock is Head of Sponsorship, Marketing and Promotions at Choice TV and is the most recent addition to the management team. Holly has spent the last fourteen years in commercial radio starting in the UK and then moving to NZ working at Classic Hits both in promotions and programming; predominantly as the National Promotions Manager. Most recently she has been the National Marketing Manager for More FM and The Breeze.
Fiona Murray is Programme Manager at Choice TV. Fiona previously worked in the UK for BBC Worldwide as a Programming Executive for two years buying for the Asian, Indian & Italian territories across all genres as well as specialising on channel launches for the Acquisition department.
Morgan Colmore-Williams is the Manager of Broadcast Operations at Choice TV. Prior to Choice TV, Morgan spent twelve years at Television New Zealand having worked for TV2 Presentation, Operations and ONE News.
Juanita Edwards has worked with various television production companies in the role of production manager and sponsorship liaison, and is now Associate Producer of Top Shelf Productions' successful consumer series Target. Juanita also has an active role in sponsorship and developing new business initiatives.
Brian Holland is Head of Development for Top Shelf Productions where he has developed series such as Media 7 and The Kitchen Job, and developed and produced Cool Kids Cooking, The Sitting and The Nutters Club. Prior to this he served for 12 years as a programmer at TVNZ.