February 18, 2014
Taurima apologises for political slip
TVNZ’s former manager of Maori and Pacific Programmes has apologised for crossing the line in some of his activities supporting the Labour Party.
Shane Taurima resigned yesterday after rival TV3 News revealed he used TVNZ premises for a Tamaki Makaurau branch meeting, and also used his work email address while organising a subsequent strategy hui.
He says his heart goes out to three former TVNZ staff members who are being investigated for supporting him in his political ambitions.
Mr Taurima denies his political affiliations have had any influence on any editorial decision made since he joined the party last year or at any time in the 12 years he has worked for the state broadcaster.
Meanwhile, ACT leader and former radio talkback host John Banks says journalistic ethics around political affiliation don’t apply to private broadcasters.
Mr Banks says the issue is not Mr Taurima’s politics but the fact he used taxpayer’s property to further his political objectives.
He says it’s a good reason why TVNZ should be sold, because in private media if a journalist pursues a political agenda using company resources that is solely a matter for the management, shareholders and advertisers.
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