Maori Television's long-serving financial manager, Alan Withrington, has been appointed as the temporary chief executive of the channel.
The step up follows a failed recruitment process amid political allegations made in Parliament, that a leading contender for the top job had links to the chair of Maori Television.
While recruitment is on hold, Alan Withrington will run the broadcaster from Monday 21 October.
The channel's board says it's reviewing its criteria for the position and plans to conduct a more targeted recruitment search.
Current chief executive, Jim Mather, leaves Maori Television on Friday 18 October.