Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Shane Taurima

Last night TV3 revealed that TVNZ's Shane Taurima had been using TVNZ facilities for his political work for the Labour Party. Taurima has resigned, but this isn't just an employment matter: TVNZ is a crown-owned company, and its employees (but not its board members) are covered by the SSC's Standards of Integrity and Conduct - which among other things requires political impartiality, "an absolute obligation not to bring our political interests into our work". And its deeply troubling that the culture of TVNZ, both as a journalistic organisation and a public-sector one, seems to have let that standard slide.