11 Apr 2013

Indigenous Australian channel praises Maori TV support

7:21 pm on 11 April 2013

Aboriginal broadcasters in Australia are praising Maori Television for the support it's given and sharing its knowledge and TV shows to help fill their programme content.

The National Indigenous Television service (NITV) was launched in 2007 but six months ago joined the SBS network, to enable it to broadcast to the whole of Australia.

NITV manager, Tanya Denning, who belongs to the Birri nation from central and northern Queensland, says Maori TV has backed the channel right from the start, and collaborating with them and other indigenous broadcasters has given them a sense of unity.

She says it helps that Australia and Aotearoa are so close.

Ms Denning says the staff at Maori TV have been very encouraging and both channels have a good relationship; not only on a professional level but also on a wider level as a group of international indigenous broadcasters.