March 27, 2018
Coffee stop career stop for Hirschfeld
Radio New Zealand's most senior news executive has resigned after her story about a meeting with the Minister for Broadcasting unravelled.
Under questioning by National MP Melissa Lee, RNZ's chair Richard Griffin and chief executive Paul Thompson told a select committee last month a breakfast meeting in a Wellington cafe last year between head of content Carol Hirschfeld and Minister Clare Curran was by chance.
But Mr Thompson today said Ms Hirschfeld told him on Sunday the meeting was pre-arranged.
National has questioned whether the meeting was appropriate, given Hirschfeld's editorial role and the Government's intention to boost Radio NZ's funding by $38 million to create RNZ Plus.
Ms Curran has maintained the meeting was informal, even though it was in her diary, but she should have acknowledged earlier that it occurred.
Ms Hirshfeld from Ngati Porou was former journalist and TV3 newsreader a senior executive at Maori Television before shifting to Radio New Zealand in 2014 to oversee news, drama, music, spoken features and Radio New Zealand International.
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