Mediaworks in trouble as staff revolts


It’s one thing for Wrongly Wrongson or the Twitterati to bring a boycott down on a company, but it is altogether a much worse situation when your own staff is plotting against you.

Staff at MediaWorks have been urged to boycott the wine business of chief executive Mark Weldon, according to a leaked malicious email.

An email sent to MediaWorks’ and TVNZ staff, and forwarded to other companies urged people to contact Weldon and “say no” to his award-winning wine.

Sources confirmed the email was widely circulated on Friday afternoon.

The email said: “Do not support Mark Weldon because he doesn’t support journalism.”

Oh dear oh dear.   And so starts the fight to keep the newsroom re-org from happening.  

Weldon, formerly the chief executive of the New Zealand stock exchange and a senior manager with global consultancy firm McKinsey and Co, has been under fire after revelations the media company faces changes, cuts and the axing of high-profile programmes.

The company ditched Campbell Live earlier this year, announced the end of MasterChef for next year and other programmes potentially face the chop. It has been a tough year for the broadcaster amid declining ratings and a sweeping series of changes.

Its latest offering, gossip site Scout, is in disarray after a staffing meltdown.

MediaWorks declined to comment and a spokeswoman said Weldon was unavailable.

I don’t think Weldon has the skill set to put this fire out.   It takes a different kind of manager to do that, and he simply does not have anyone’s respect.

The Mediaworks board needs to urgently meet and consider their options.


– John Edens, Stuff

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