June 05, 2015
Line crossed in Forbes’ departure
The chair of Maori Television's electoral college Te Putahi Paoho says he's shocked and disappointed at the departure of Mihingarangi Forbes from Maori Television's Native Affairs programme.
Willie Jackson says as a fellow broadcaster he would find it unacceptable if editorial interference was involved.
There have been reports the resignation came after MTS chief executive Paora Maxwell told staff a new investigaiton into a Te Kohanga Reo National Trust could not go to air.
Mr Jackson, who has interviewed Kohanga Reo trustee Iritana Tawhiwhirangi for his Marae Investigates show on TV1 on Sunday, says if that's true then management has crossed the line.
he says Native Affairs had every right to ask questions of the organisation.
He intends to discuss the situation with fellow Te Putahi Paoho members over the weekend to detemine if any action should be taken.
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