The Board of Māori Television (MTS) today announced that Paora Maxwell has been appointed as the service’s new Chief Executive.
Mr Maxwell has more than twenty-five years experience in television broadcasting having worked across all levels of the television industry, ranging from the shop floor to senior management roles in other companies.
MTS Chair, Georgina te Heuheu, said Mr Maxwell was selected by the Board following a thorough and methodical recruitment process.
“Mr Maxwell articulated a clear vision for how he sees MTS evolving as we head in to our second decade of broadcasting,” Mrs te Heuheu said.
Mrs te Heuheu said recruitment agency Farrow Jamieson, with assistance from Whaimutu Dewes acting as an expert Advisor, spent four months identifying potential candidates. They interviewed twelve individuals and presented the Board with a list of eight candidates to consider.
“The Board formed a short list of four who were interviewed and from which the successful applicant was selected.
Mrs te Heuheu said “We followed a standard, agreed and transparent appointment process and we are confident that we selected the best person for the job.”
Mr Maxwell said he was honoured and, at the same time, felt humbled to be appointed to the job. “My immediate focus will be looking forward and building on the many successes of Māori Television.”
“MTS already makes some fantastic television. I look forward to working with the team at MTS to continue to build this unique and innovative broadcaster into a world class television station” he said
“MTS always has, and I think always will, have to walk a fine line between making interesting and accessible television and fulfilling its obligations to te reo Māori. We have a role enshrined in legislation in regard to our language of which we cannot lose sight,” Mr Maxwell said.
Mr Maxwell takes up his role in early May 2014.
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