25 May 2009

Critics of language standards to help monitor Maori TV

11:02 am on 25 May 2009

Maori Television has asked the authors of a hard-hitting report on its language standards to stay around and help improve matters.

Veteran broadcasters Hone Edwards and Tainui Stephens conducted the formal five-year review of the Maori Television Service Act.

They found that while some language experts had concerns about the standards of on-air reo, the Act did not define what it meant by requiring the channel to offer a high quality service.

Maori Television chief executive Jim Mather told Waatea News the channel is taking the criticisms on board, especially the concerns about what it is delivering to younger audiences.

He says both men have been asked to continue monitoring language quality, and is pleased that the debate on language quality is a positive one.