Fears the future of Te Karere Māori news is on the line

Te Karere is the highest-rating news bulletin on Māori TV.

The future of the flagship Māori news show Te Karere is on the line as the government proposes to create a single Māori news service run by Māori Television.

The Government this week released its much-anticipated proposals for a major Māori media shake-up, Te Ao Pāpāho Māori, but some of the plans have come as a shock to the industry.

The project covers Māori broadcasting funding agency Te Māngai Pāho, Māori Television and Te Whakaruruhau o Ngā Reo Irirangi Māori, which represents 20 iwi radio stations around the country.

In the discussion document out this week - the Government said some Māori media outlets struggled to generate and deliver news and the number of Māori news services funded by Te Māngai Pāho was "not sustainable".

It wanted to see "an authoritative clearing house for news and current affairs content" which would also feature content made by iwi radio stations, who would be in line for extra resourcing.
While Te Karere is aired on TVNZ, it is produced independently with funding by Te Māngai Pāho.

Rogers said she knew money was tight - each news show was made for as little as $9000 - but canning it was not the answer.

Full article: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=12339557


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