On a Friday afternoon before a long holiday weekend, the media columnistÂ at the NZ Herald, John Drinnan, published a piece stating around a dozenÂ people at Radio New Zealand are losing their job.
Instead of reporting on something that was already known by those people losing their jobs, they read about it in the paper.
That’s a pretty tough way to discover you’re not going to enjoy your long weekend.
None of these people were named by Drinnan, so the next problem is that a fair proportion of Radio New Zealand staff were heading into a stressful three days instead of a relaxing break.
That was, until the NZ Herald published a retraction.
An opinion column by media columnist John Drinnan earlier today indicated that jobs cuts were imminent at Radio New Zealand following a board meeting yesterday. The RNZ board has since confirmed this is not correct. The Herald regrets the error and any distress it may have caused RNZ staff.
At this point, Duncan Garner chimed in via Twitter mocking Drinnan for his “apology”. Â Drinnan replied with words to the effect that a correction was made and no apology was needed.
We have the paper correcting something, but the journalist is not prepared to say sorry for ruining the weekend of quite a number of people. Â Not just 12-15, but everyone at Radio New Zealand that are now feeling pretty insecure about life.
Over at Throng, New Zealand’s leading media commentating web site, Regan Cunliffe put Drinnan’s feet to the fire with an article titled What else does John Drinnan make up?Â Â Read more »