It looks as though everyone is overhauling their current affairs programs in 2013. Maori Television have announced that Native Affairs is due to get a new presenter now that Julian Wilcox is heading into the General Manager of News and Current Affairs role.
The new season of Native Affairs will start on the 11th of March with the new presenter being announced shortly.
Maori Television told Throng that Wilcox will not disappear entirely from our screens and we can expect to see his involvement with the 2013 ANZAC Day commemorations and other special occassions.
Julian Wilcox has been the star of Maori Television’s award-winning Native Affairs show and his departure will leave some rather large shoes to fill.
Māori Television is delighted to announce that Julian Wilcox will take over the role of General Manager News and Current Affairs as of 1 February 2013. The change comes after Te Anga Nathan tendered his resignation to pursue opportunities elsewhere following a long and successful career with Māori Television.
Wilcox has been acting as General Manager News and Current Affairs since November 2012 during which time he continued to demonstrate the necessary skills to lead a dedicated department which is leading the Māori news and current affairs agenda. He has also been a member of Māori Television’s leadership development group for the last 5 years.
Wilcox says: “As much as I love presenting, I’ve recognised that my future lies in a leadership role. I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to lead such a talented team”.
Nathan will remain at Māori Television until June 2013 to ensure a smooth transition but having recently completed his MBA, is keen to explore further opportunities for professional development.
“I’ve put a lot into Māori Television over the past nine years and I’ve got a lot out of it,” he says. “It’s been a privilege to lead the news and current affairs team but I’m excited about the future and pleased to be handing over the reins to Julian who will be great in this role.”
As well as assisting Wilcox over the next five months, Nathan will also fill a short-term General Manager Strategy role overseeing and implementing critical new initiatives. This will include projects such as the introduction of video journalism, Te Matatini and improving the sharing of content between Māori Television and other indigenous broadcasters.
Māori Television chief executive Jim Mather says: “2013 is an exciting year for Māori Television. We remain an aspirational organisation and this significant change in our senior leadership is an example of that”.
“I also wish to acknowledge the tremendous contribution made by Te Anga who, along with Julian, has been a foundation staff member since the launch of Māori Television in 2004. Te Anga has also done a great job in his leadership succession planning and will be leaving our organisation with some exciting options ahead of him”.