After the recent revelations of conflicts of interest by TVNZ employees and a number of them going on to become members of parliament, or at least attempt to be, TVNZ is now suggesting that employees may have to disclose their political affiliations. Furthermore, it appears as though TVNZ will no longer employ presenters who have stood for a party after the Shane Taurima fiasco.
TVNZ chief executive Kevin Kenrick says employees may have to declare any links with a political party as a result of Labour hopeful Shane Taurima’s actions while general manager of its Maori and Pacific unit.
But TVNZ’s existing guidelines for journalists already advise that and warn against situations similar to that when Mr Taurima was rehired at the state broadcaster last year.
Former Breakfast weather presenter Tamati Coffey will not be allowed back in a similar role at Television New Zealand after putting his hand up for Labour. Continue reading »