Fraser gone, cites too much Political interference

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TVNZ Chief Executive Ian Fraser has resigned saying he has “lost confidence” in his politically appointed board.

I dare say this will be played out in the media and in a courtroom.

“The situation facing me at the end of last week was one that would have prompted any chief executive in my shoes to walk away,” he said.

“I should make it clear that this is not about the TVNZ board losing confidence in its chief executive.

“It’s about the fact that I have lost confidence in my board.”

UPDATE: Board Press Release late on Sunday night.

Following the statement released earlier today by Ian Fraser, the TVNZ Board of Directors wishes to make it clear that:

  1. The Board, collectively or individually, has at no time interfered or otherwise involved itself in the editorial independence of the TVNZ news and current affairs operation and notes that this independence is enshrined in the TVNZ Act.
  2. The Board is required under its terms of reference, to decide on remuneration for all TVNZ staff and contractors, at $300,000 per annum or above.

The Board, under its “no surprises” policy will provide an explanation of the comments in Mr Fraser’s media release to the Minister of Broadcasting, Steve Maharey.

Craig Boyce, Chairman

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.