Alastair Thompson

tvnz_logo2TVNZ are certainly taking this Shane Taurima scandal seriously and clearly understand the ramifications of having someone in your employment who has a political conflict of interest, unlike others.

TVNZ’s Chief Executive Kevin Kenrick says:

Many people are asking why Shane Taurima was kept on in an editorial role following his unsuccessful bid for the Ikaroa Rawhiti Labour candidacy last year. The answer is, at the time we sought and received assurances from Shane that he had no further political ambitions. When asked to choose between journalism and politics, he chose journalism. With the benefit of hindsight that decision was a mistake. Continue reading »

TVNZ_buildingJust like the last journalist who offered up a heartfelt and genuine apology after having their clear conflict of interest exposed, Shane Taurima has apologised for the latest round of embarrassment for TVNZ.

It is with immense regret and sadness that I have resigned as General Manager of Maori and Pacific Programmes at TVNZ.

I love and respect the work of all my TVNZ colleagues and regret any damage that my actions may have had on them, and the incredibly important and quality work they do. Continue reading »