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Journeyman
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  #2937356 1-Jul-2022 18:44
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TVNZ chairman admits in letter to Broadcasting Minister 'thorough reference checks were not undertaken' in Kamahl Santamaria hire

 

For those who give a fig...

 

TVNZ's acting chairman admitted in a private letter to Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi that "recruitment policy was not followed" in the hiring of disgraced Breakfast host Kamahl Santamaria and "thorough reference checks were not undertaken".

 

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But in a letter on May 31 obtained via Official Information, TVNZ acting chair Kevin Molloy openly admits to Faafoi that proper hiring processes were not followed - and Faafoi acknowledges this.

 

"I can confirm that TVNZ has a recruitment policy, and a Code of Conduct which sets out the Company's expectation of all its people," Malloy writes to Faafoi.

 

"The recruitment policy was not followed in that thorough reference checks were not undertaken, although the Head of News & Current Affairs had worked with the candidate previously.

 

 

 

"It is the view of TVNZ that the policy needs further reviewing and strengthening, and an independent review of the process undertaken. To that end, we have engaged independent employment lawyer Margaret Robins to undertake a review of relevant TVNZ policies, processes and practices to ensure they remain fit for purpose and appropriately robust."


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  #2937387 1-Jul-2022 22:44
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Just as I suspected, cronyism all the way. How long until the head of news departs? I think his head will be the next to roll.

 

https://thespinoff.co.nz/media/01-07-2022/tvnz-admits-it-didnt-follow-proper-protocol-when-hiring-kamahl-santamaria

 

 


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  #2937499 2-Jul-2022 14:24
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If only the government would privatise TVNZ then this circus wouldn't have been the taxpayer's problem. 




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  #2937505 2-Jul-2022 14:46
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Journeyman:

 

The good news is that your taxpayers dollars didn't pay for this at all as TVNZ is not publicly funded 🙂

 

That may well change after the merger.

 

 

Looking back on this, I don't think this is entirely correct - apparently it's 90% ad revenues and 10% government funding.


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  #2937624 2-Jul-2022 20:40
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It depends what your source for that is and what that 10% government funding actually is. Some TVNZ programmes are funded by Te Māngai Pāho and NZ On Air. That is contestable programme funding. More importantly, Breakfast is funded by neither of those bodies - it is financed by TVNZ's advertising revenue. So Kamahl Santamaria doesn't cost the public anything.

 

This is from TVNZ's Annual Report 2021:

 

Funding from NZOA and TMP $6,228,000. Revenue: $339,957,000.

 

1.83% of TVNZ's revenue.

 

Where is the remainder of this govt funding from?


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  #2937629 2-Jul-2022 21:12
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The information I quoted was from Wikipedia, past that I don't know.


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  #2937631 2-Jul-2022 21:21
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Wikipedia doesn't offer any accurate sources for that. I recall Ian Fraser saying in 2005 that TVNZ got 10% of its revenue from the govt. That was during the charter days - which was abolished in 2011. So I'd say that quote is 11 years out of date. 




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  #2947236 28-Jul-2022 10:12
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Not at all surprised.


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