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MTS takes on Media Matters

MTS, Auckland, 18 June 2014: What makes the New Zealand media tick?   Who decides which stories get covered, which ones don’t and how the subjects are treated?  Maori Television’s new current affairs show, MEDIA TAKE (formerly Media3) will answer these questions and a lot more every Tuesday after 10pm from July 1 and repeated on Thursdays at 10.30pm.

Actor and broadcaster Toi Iti, known for his irreverent but penetrating satire, joins Russell Brown to lift the lid and spill the beans on the people who pull the strings of public opinion.

Brown says in one sense MEDIA TAKE (take means issue in te reo) continues the job the series has done for the past seven years – but it won’t be business as usual. 

“I’m excited by the opportunity to create something fresh together with our new partners and colleagues at Maori Television,” he says. “Making this sort of show is new territory for everyone and I expect that our bi-cultural identity will continue to take shape as we make it.

“It’s an election year, which means rich pickings for a show like ours – especially given the pivotal nature of the Maori electorates. “We’ll look at the way politics is framed and who’s engaged and who isn’t, and I expect we’ll do a bit of fact-checking, too.”

Iti says: “For most of New Zealand history Maori have largely been on the wrong end of the media lens. I relish any opportunity to poke a stick at the often distorted view we are served-up.” 

Maori Television general manager of programming Haunui Royal welcomes the opportunity to provide a Maori view of the media in New Zealand.

“We think the bi-cultural vision will bring new strength to a show that has already proved successful with viewers.”

Looking at the media landscape through bi-cultural binoculars…  That’s MEDIA TAKE, a weekly “take” on take which affect us all.

MEDIA TAKE is produced by Top Shelf Productions and will screen on Maori Television on Tuesdays after the Festival Documentary and on Thursdays at 10.30pm with the support of NZ On Air.
Episode one starts at 10.25pm on July 1.

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