Forbes resignation came as a shock to many at Maori Television today but was the result of long-running tensions between the news team at Native Affairs and chief executive Paora Maxwell – appointed after a tumultuous process.
Forbes was unavailable for comment but confirmed the resignation on Twitter – saying: ‘I’ve resigned. Thank you those who shared stories’.
The Herald has been told Forbes’ resignation came after the Native Affairs team were told they were not to run a story on Te Kohanga Reo National Trust, planned for Monday.
It was a return to the current affairs show’s most controversial stories for which it had won praise and criticism.