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MediaWorks confirms Bowden to host X-Factor, subsidised $1.6m by taxpayer

MediaWorks has confirmed speculation that Dominic Bowden will host the X Factor NZ, which will screen on TV3 next year.

Mr Bowden, who has deejayed for MediaWorks radio stations,  is currently working in Los Angeles with The X Factor USA (currently screening on TV3, Thursdays and Fridays). MediaWorks told NBR he was involved in "behind the scenes production work" on the US show.

He has previously hosted a primetime network show on American television, The Next Great American Band.

On September 14, NZ On Air said it had awarded X-Factor NZ $1.6 million in taxpayer funding, the same amount given to TVNZ's NZ's Got Talent - another show that is part of an international franchise.

Labour's Clare Curran rubbished the decision.

“NZ on Air  is clearly bowing to pressure from the two major commercial networks to fund “commercially attractive” programme content at the expensive of its many other public service  broadcasting responsibilities," she said.

"There are plenty of other original New Zealand arts, entertainment, prime-time projects begging for NZ on Air funding - and they should be given priority."

MediaWorks said NZ on Air would be a "miniority funder" for X Factor NZ, but declined to give the show's full budget.

Comments and questions

why are we pouring millions into TV and taking millions away from beneficiaries ???

Morality backwards

I'd rather my taxes pay for a tv program than fund some layabout on the dole....

The fact NZ on Air still exists is offensive in the extreme. About time these businesses were made to stand or fall on their own merit.