Have the Social Justice Bullies found a new way to get rid of Hosking?

Here at WOBH we refuse to call these clowns Social Justice Warriors. If there was some real fighting to be had they’d be quivering in fear under a feather duvet. Instead we call them Social Justice Bullies…because that’s exactly what they are.

Currently, the target du jour is Mike Hosking.

One TVNZ employee is banking more than a $1 million a year, but the state broadcaster is refusing to say who it is.

Traditionally, the healthiest pay packet has always gone to the chief executive, but has polarising Seven Sharp frontman, Mike Hosking, edged out boss Kevin Kenrick as TVNZ’s biggest earner?

A spokeswoman for TVNZ said the broadcaster “didn’t have any plans to identify the remuneration of presenters or other individual employees”.

The question came as the British government prepared to force the BBC to reveal the size of pay packets given to 109 of its top broadcast journalists and personalities.

Britain’s Department of Culture was expected to confirm the change in policy this week, ahead of the government’s looming renewal of the broadcaster’s royal charter.

At present, TVNZ and Radio New Zealand (RNZ) publish the salary bands of all employees earning more than $100,000 in their respective annual reports.  

While TVNZ is publicly owned, it is commercially funded through advertising and pays a dividend to the government. RNZ is a Crown entity.

TVNZ’s annual report for the year ending June 2015 revealed the salary bands of 218 employees earning more than $100,000, with its highest-paid employee banking between $1.10 and $1.11 million a year – up on the previous year where the top earner made between $1.02 and $1.03 million.

Massey University School of Journalism Associate Professor, Grant Hannis , believed those commanding the biggest salaries should be identified to create greater transparency.

“There is real interest and, perhaps even, concern over the very high salaries that some people in news media organisations are paid,” Hannis said.

“I think it may reveal some interesting issues such as the disparity between what the very, very big stars are getting paid and what your average presenter or journalist is being paid.

“Equally, it would be interesting to see whether there are any differences between what males and females are paid, or what Pakeha versus non-Pakeha are paid.”

TVNZ reported a profit of $12.7m and a dividend payment of $13.4m for the financial year ending in June 2015.

I wonder if this academic wants his pay packet examined in detail? I suspect not…he’d cry about his need for privacy.

But surely we need greater transparency over academic salaries, grants and other troughing mechanisms they all avail themselves of. Goose/Gander and all that.


– Fairfax

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