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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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.