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New CEO nothing for Maori TV to celebrate

Paora Maxwell’s appointment as Maori Television boss is National Party cronyism at its worst, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says.

“The appointment process has had a bad smell about it from day one.

“Mr Maxwell’s departure from TVNZ was shrouded in controversy, yet today he’s been ensconced as top dog at Maori Television, largely due to the string-pulling of Maori TV’s chairwoman and former National Party MP Georgina te Heuheu..

TVNZ’s silence speaks volumes

TVNZ’s refusal to answer specific questions in relation to Paora Maxwell’s employment at the state broadcaster speaks volumes over his suitability to lead Māori Television, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi said today

“We put specific questions to Chief Executive Kevin Kenrick about Mr Maxwell’s time at TVNZ and his subsequent, and somewhat controversial, departure.

“TVNZ responded with a no comment. Tellingly it was not backed up with even one word of support for Mr Maxwell.

Agendas threaten integrity of Māori Television

The eve of its 10th anniversary is the perfect time for all concerned to query what state Māori Television is in, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Shane Jones says.

“The board must front up and stop becoming the courier for the government, given reports it wants to ‘water-down’ the current affairs show, Native Affairs.

“Māori TV is state funded, yet with the exception of shows such as Native Affairs it has tiny ratings.

Is he or isn’t he?

The shareholding ministers of Maori Television need to come clean over whether Paora Maxwell has been appointed to the role of chief executive at the broadcaster, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says.

“Bill English and Pita Sharples also need to give an assurance the process was as rigorous as possible for a position of such importance and that clear conflicts of interest were managed.

“The process from the outset has been shambolic with leaks, conflicts of interest and a rebooting of the appointment process.

Labour = fresh content, National = reruns

New figures show the National Government’s attitude towards Kiwi content is to abandon all efforts, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says.

“First run local content has consistently trended down since National came to power. Figures released by NZ On Air today show an increase in local content is being inflated by re-runs.

“It’s important that Kiwi content is kept fresh and relevant. The increase in re-runs of New Zealand content on free-to-air television has ballooned from 28 per cent in 2011 to 44 per cent last year.

What is going on at Maori Television?

Finance Minister Bill English and Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples seem to have lost control of Maori Television with reports its board will go ahead with the controversial appointment of Paora Maxwell as chief executive, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says.

“Maori Television restarted the appointment process after concerns about Mr Maxwell. Former National Party minister and Maori Television board chair Georgina te Heuheu will be thumbing her nose at the Government if he is now appointed.

Do-nothing Minister fails regional viewers

Craig Foss has once again lived up to his reputation as a do-nothing Minister with his failure to take any action to support regional broadcasters during their transition from analogue to digital, Labour’s Broadcasting Spokesperson Kris Faafoi says.

“I have had requests from a large number of regional broadcasters pleading for policy backing yet official documents show Mr Foss walks the talk when it comes to doing nothing.

Galloping towards pay-TV for all?

Plans by the New Zealand Racing Board to shift Trackside TV to Sky is another blow for free-to-air pundits and those who can’t afford pay-TV, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says.

“The move by Trackside comes at the same time Auckland-based access station Face TV is being forced behind the paywall to survive and as other regional broadcasters struggle for survival following the digital switchover.

Spectrum space must be ring-fenced for public broadcasting

The Government must reserve spectrum space for any future new public broadcasting service, Labour’s Broadcasting Spokesperson Kris Faafoi said today.

“The digital spectrum that Sky Television has committed to return to the Crown gives the Government the perfect opportunity to reserve spectrum to give any future public broadcasting service the digital space to enable it broadcast.

Sky TV gets slapped with a wet bus ticket

Sky TV has got off extremely lightly after the Commerce Commission found its previous contracts may have breached the Commerce Act, said Labour Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi and associate ICT spokesperson Clare Curran.

“Sky TV is a monopoly broadcaster so it is extremely concerning that the Commerce Commission has found it may have entered into contracts that reduced competition,” said Kris Faafoi.

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