Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Apparent “culture of exorbitance” at TVNZ


Media release - Commerce Committee

Apparent “culture of exorbitance” at TVNZ says committee


6 April 2000

Today the Commerce Committee presented it report to the House on the 1998/99 financial review of Television New Zealand Limited.

“Television New Zealand Limited is undergoing a major and overdue shift of governance and culture,” said Committee Chairperson David Cunliffe today.

“Salaries appear to reveal a “culture of exorbitance” within the organisation, created by a “self-generated ‘star’ system,” said David Cunliffe.

“Stricter governance procedures should minimise the risk of inappropriate staff contracts and investment decisions”, added David Cunliffe.

The committee says inadequate governance procedures resulted in decisions on remuneration being made at an inappropriate level in the organisation. This resulted in remuneration packages paid to newsreaders and presenters that appear to be out of kilter with public expectations. In particular, inadequate governance procedures contributed to a remuneration package being offered to John Hawkesby which TVNZ admitted was excessive and inappropriate.

Digital television is largely inevitable for TVNZ says the committee. However, the committee is concerned about inadequate governance procedures that led to the committal of $14.3 million to digital television before TVNZ obtained approval for the project.

“Governance structures at TVNZ need to be strengthened and the committee recommends the establishment of a Remuneration Committee and greater emphasis on project management and expenditure control,” said David Cunliffe.

“In other respects, performance was generally sound during the period under review, despite a recent fall in profitability,” added David Cunliffe.


The report is available from Parliament’s Bills Office or committee staff.

ENDS



© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK


Emission Statement: 'Consensus Reached' On Agriculture

Today the Government launched a consultation document, informed by the work of the Interim Climate Change Committee (ICCC), on how to bring agriculture into the emissions trading scheme, a key part of the Government’s plan to tackle climate change and reduce New Zealand’s emissions.

Agricultural emissions make up nearly half of New Zealand’s total emissions profile and are the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in New Zealand. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On What’s Wrong With Wellington

For many Wellingtonians, it hasn’t been the normal hardships – the workings of central government and the lousy weather – that have recently pushed their tolerance into the red zone. It has been the inability of local government to maintain even the basics. More>>

ALSO:

$1m Compensation Paid: First Gun Ban Event In Christchurch

The Police Minister says the first ever firearms collection event in Christchurch over the weekend was a huge success. But Stuart Nash had concerns about whether the participation reflected the number of weapons in the region. More>>

ALSO:

The Kids: Youth Parliament 2019 Event Kicks Off

120 Youth MPs and 20 Youth Press Gallery members have gathered in Wellington to attend the two-day Youth Parliament event ... More>>

Friends Like These: Foreign Minister To Visit USA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. today for talks with senior members of the US Administration, and to attend the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Aussie Banks’ Latest Fee Hike Excuse

When the Reserve Bank sought feedback on its plans to require the country’s major banks to raise their capital reserves then you might have expected the banks to whine and complain. And so they have. More>>

ALSO:

Sitting On Defence: Terms Of Reference For Defence Estate Review

“The 81,000 hectare Defence estate is at a crossroads; much of it is run down, and outdated,” says Ron Mark. “It needs to be improved in order to gain, train and retain our service people, now and into the future." More>>

ALSO:

Meng Foon: Retiring Gisborne Mayor To Be Race Relations Commissioner

Andrew Little: “He has an outstanding record as a relationship builder and walks comfortably in the pākehā world, the Māori world, the Chinese community and other communities making up New Zealand." More>>

ALSO:

NCEA: Students Granted Qualifications After Fees Scrapped

Almost 150,000 current and former students with unpaid NCEA fees have today been formally awarded their NCEA credits or qualifications. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels