5 Nov 2014

Fono to consider TVNZ's Pasifika outsourcing

9:40 pm on 5 November 2014

The deputy chair of the Pacific Islands Media Association says there is growing community concern at the plans of Television New Zealand to outsource Pasifika programmes.

TVNZ announced last month that programmes such as Tagata Pasifika and Fresh and some Maori shows would be made by the private sector.

Adrian Stevanon says a fono to held in Auckland on Thursday evening will try to answer some concerns.

He says the chief executive of TVNZ, Kevin Kenrick, has agreed to attend and answer questions.

Mr Stevanon says there are fears about the level of commitment TVNZ might show to privately produced shows, and that Palagi production companies will tender for them.

The Pasifika fono will be held at the Fickling Convention Centre, at 546 Mt Albert Rd, Three Kings next Thursday Nov 6th beginning at 6.30pm.

Facilitated by PIMA (Pacific Islands Media Association), the fono is also supported by PIFT (Pacific Islanders in Film and TV) and PFF (Pacific Freedom Forum).