September 17, 2014
No utu in MTV rejig
Maori Television chief executive Paora Maxwell says there was nothing personal or political about a restructure that demotes two of the channel’s star executives.
Under what is being called a strategic realignment, the positions of general manager of news and current affairs held by Julian Wilcox and production general manager held by Carol Hirshfeld will go.
Mr Maxwell says since taking over three months ago he has talked to staff, the board, other stakeholders and a management consultancy to come up with a structure which will allow the service to deal with multiple channels and platforms.
He hasn’t been swayed by the controversy over his appointment, which included a petition being mounted against him and allegations of political influence.
"At no stage has any sense of retribution been in my mind. I’m looking forward to the future of Maori Television and what’s gone in the past, ko haere kei tera, but what I’m looking forward to is future proofing Maori Television," Mr Maxwell says.
He’s surprised and disappointed his restructuring plan has become a political football.
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