5 Sep 2013

Broadcaster questions Maori TV CEO appointment process

7:02 pm on 5 September 2013

Veteran broadcaster Willie Jackson says he's surprised Maori Television has not sought advice on a new CEO, from those best qualified to give it.

Mr Jackson has just been elected as the new chair of Te Putahi Paoho - the Maori Television Electoral College.

The college was set up in 2003 to represent Maori stakeholder interests in the Maori television service.

Willie Jackson says it's disappointing the college hasn't been asked for advice on the CEO appointment, given how contentious it's become.

The board of Maori TV is deadlocked over two candidates - accountant Richard Jeffries, and former TVNZ executive Paora Maxwell.

It's understood Maori Television staff are unhappy at the possible appointment of Mr Maxwell, who's a friend of the board chair, Georgina Te Heu Heu, and there's been a question in Parliament on whether that poses a conflict of interest.

Mr Jackson says says Te Putahi Paoho has huge expertise on such matters, but its view has not been sought.