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Coronation Street in New Zealand

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New Zealand is one of the countries where Coronation Street is regularly broadcast on TV ONE. It started in 1964. There was a huge outcry in the 1990s when the State-owned channel proposed to stop broadcasting it.


From about 2006, it was getting an hour (including commercial breaks and a weather forecast) every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30 pm. There were catch-up periods when it screened on Fridays or Wednesdays too. Then TV ONE started broadcasting an omnibus edition at noon on Saturdays, but it stopped during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and was not brought back when the games were finished.

New Zealand was then around 18 months behind Britain with "Coro" episodes. The Olympics caused another two weeks' delay.

2008-2009 catchupEdit

In October 2008 another catchup began, with screenings also on Fridays at 7:30pm.

For episodes that have not yet screened in New Zealand, look out for Template:Spoiler2. One contributor tried to show the date of first Canada and New Zealand broadcasts in each episode's infobox, but the wikipoliceman deleted it. The information can now be placed on each episode's talk page after that page has been saved with {{subst:overseas}} added; see Template:Overseas/doc.

TV deferred the occasional catchup, such as Friday 6 Feb 2009 when it was supplanted by the Wellington Rugby Sevens.

The catchups finished on 17 April, with future weeks having only the old standard 4 episodes and therefore falling behind again, from the 14 months.

2009-2010 catchupEdit

Same Wednesday extras in summer, but finishing on 27 January, replaced by a cooking contest.

Late 2011Edit

On 29 September, TV ONE proposed a move for Coronation Street, with the show changing from the prime time slot of 7:30 pm on Tuesday and Thursday nights to 5:30 pm Monday to Friday along with a Saturday omnibus running from midday. This caused huge upset, with Coro fans sending their complaints to the broadcaster, launching a petition and setting up a Facebook page . This move went ahead, to the public's dismay, for three weeks to air the finals of MasterChef Australia, coverage of the Rugby World Cup and coverage of the general election. On 4 November, TVNZ announced Coronation Street would be moving back to 7:30 pm on Thursday and Friday nights. In May 2012 TV1 started broadcasting two further episodes on Saturday nights at 7:30 pm.

Early 2014Edit

From 2014 'Coro' began to be shown in a 2 hour block on Friday nights, while the 2 episodes that occur on Thursdays were moved to Friday nights, having 4 episodes being played on Friday nights from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. The change in times is due to dropping viewers year on year. Coronation street will also be shown during daytime television at 1:30 pm from Tuesday - Friday, the episodes being played at 1:30 pm will be the same episodes as the Friday night before. The episodes are being repeated for people who do not have the ability to record the show at 7:30 pm and can not watch it past 8:30 pm.


TV1 has made a bit more of an effort to stop falling behind. The normal pattern has been 8.30-10.30 on Friday night and 8.30-9.30 on Saturday night. By December we were viewing Valentine's Day 2014. On 26 December Roy was found at last (watching steam engines, of course) while Gloria was preparing to travel and Marcus was demonstrating (much to Todd's relief) that he was still gay.

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