Funding for Maori current affairs show

Journalist and television presenter Mihingarangi Forbes. Photo: Sarah Ivey, NZ Herald
Journalist and television presenter Mihingarangi Forbes. Photo: Sarah Ivey, NZ Herald

A new current affairs show on TV3 billing itself as a "bold voice in Maori current affairs" has received funding from NZ on Air.

The show will be hosted by former Native Affairs host Mihingarangi Forbes, with the working title Minority Reports, and will screen on Sunday mornings.

The producers have promised "current affairs investigations, arts and culture stories seen through an indigenous lens".

Co-funded by Te Mangai Paho and NZ on Air's Platinum Fund, it is also supported by TV3.

"We believe there is audience demand for specialist television current affairs," NZ on Air chief executive Jane Wrightson said.

"Our support through the Platinum Fund is acknowledgement both that this is important content, and difficult for broadcasters alone to support."

Long-running current affairs shows The Nation and Q+A will also return in 2016, on TV3 and TV One, respectively.

TV3's investigative journalism show 3D was axed earlier this month, with its final episode airing last night.

- NZ Herald 

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