Carol Hirschfeld

Carol HirschfeldRadio New Zealand CEO Paul Thompson has announced that Carol Hirschfeld, the former General Manager Production for Maori TV, is to join Radio New Zealand as Head of Content and Radio New Zealand Networks Presentation Manager, John Howson, has been appointed to the new role as Head of Radio.

This news comes on the back of restructuring at Maori Television and Hirschfeld’s decision not to accept the position of head of internal productions or to apply for the role of head of programming and production at the organisation. Chief Executive Paora Maxwell has acknowledged her contribution to Maori Television since joining the organisation in 2009. Continue reading »

julian-wilcoxA few months ago, Maori Television’s Julian Wilcox was rumoured to be considering standing for the Labour Party in the Tamaki Makaurau seat but is said to have turned it down due to no guarantees he would win and didn’t want to put his job at state broadcaster on the line. Now, it seems it wouldn’t have mattered anyway as the restructure has left the award winning foundation employee and face of the channel without the job he left his role as host of Native Affairs for.

Along with Wilcox is former 3 News and Campbell Live producer, Carol Hirschfeld. Together, they’re the most experienced and respected hands at Maori Television so why they’ve been the biggest casualties of the restructure seems entirely bizarre.

They’ve been offered lesser roles within the new restructure. Continue reading »