The Board of Maori Television has decided not to appoint a new chief executive, after it was unable to reach a unanimous decision.

The board has been looking to replace Jim Mather, who is leaving the station to join Te Wananga o Aotearoa.

It is understood the two top contenders for the job were former TVNZ general manager of Maori and Pacific programmes Paora Maxwell and Maori development consultant Richard Jefferies.

Allegations have been made of a conflict of interest in the selection process, but a board statement issued on Tuesday says all necessary relationships with candidates were declared and dealt with appropriately.

Board chair Georgina Te Heuheu says the speculation has been regrettable and she is disappointed by the distress caused to the applicants.

Kua puta te whakatau e kore rawa a Whakaata Maori e tohu ma wai te waka e arahi mo te turanga tumuwhakarae. Kei rapu tonu te poari mo tetahi kaiarahi e tika ana mo te turanga i waihotia e Jim Mather he uri no Ngati Awa. Ka wehe atu ia mai i te turanga ki tetahi waahi i waenga i te Wananga o Aotearoa, a, ko nga kaitono ki te turanga teitei he kaimahi o mua mo te Reo Tataki o Aotearoa a Paora Maxwell raua ko Richard Jefferies. Ahakoa nga whakatau kei te pukuriri te heamana o te teihana a Georgina Te Heuheu e pa ana ki nga whakahaere e kore rawa te waka e ahei te anga whakamua.