September 09, 2014
Maori TV chair denies news threatened
Maori Television chair Georgina Te Heuheu is disappointed a review of the organisation has become political fodder for the election.
Te Tai Tokerau candidates Hone Harawira and Kelvin Davis have been asking questions about the review, which they suggested involved job losses, radical changes to news and current affairs and even shifting the headquarters to Rotorua.
The scrutiny led to the announcement of the strategic review proposal being put on hold until further notice, after the board discussed it with the responsible ministers yesterday morning.
Mrs Te Heuheu, a former National cabinet minister, says at 10 years old Maori Television needs to change so it can operate effectively in a fast changing digital environment, but that doesn't mean Te Kaea and Native Affairs are under threat.
"Those are key programming in Maori Televison's offerings and as a broadcaster we must have a news offering obviously, so anything he said in those regards I refute wholeheartedly," she says.
Mrs Te Heuheu says it's important Maori Television has the right structure because of its focus on revitalisation of te reo me nga tikanga.
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