CAB News

Christmas 2016 deadlines

October 2016

New Zealand's television broadcasters have released the scheduling and material deadlines for the upcoming holiday period. These deadlines apply to all New Zealand television networks.


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Sunday 11 Dec 2016

Weds 7 December 2016

Weds 7 December 2016

Sunday 18 Dec 2016

Weds 7 December 2016

Monday 12 December 2016

Sunday 25 Dec 2016

Weds 14 December 2016

Weds 14 December 2016

Sunday 1 Jan 2017

Weds 14 December 2016

Weds 14 December 2016

Sunday 8 Jan 2017

Monday 19 December 2016

Monday 19 December 2016



CAB will be closing at 12pm on Thursday 23 December and will not open again until Monday 9 January 2017.

There will be ‘emergency’ cover on the working days when the office is officially closed.

If you cannot meet these deadlines you need to contact the stations and CAB in advance to make alternative arrangements.




GET your key numbers RIGHT



New Zealand's television broadcasters have confirmed that they will no longer accept advertising key numbers that do not comply with the industry standard.

In 2009 the New Zealand television industry adopted an industry standard for the formatting of television commercial key numbers. This was in response to the growing problem of key numbers that were incompatable with the broadcasters' playout and logging systems.

The industry standard is as follows:

    1. A key number should include no more than 12 alphanumeric characters. Dashes, slashes and hyphens are treated as spaces and are ignored.
    2. All key numbers must follow the advertiser/duration/unique reference format (e.g. ABC 030 0001 and ABC 015 0002). This ensures that the advertiser and duration are easily identifiable and that no two dubs from a single advertiser will ever have the same last four digits.
    3. The 'R' suffix (e.g. ABC 030 0001R) must only be used to denote a technical amendment. Any change to the actual contents of the commercial requires a new key number.

key numbers

CAB has been asked to ensure that all commercials approved now follow this simple format.