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When do we hear the $800,000 explanation?

When do we hear the $800,000 explanation?

Wednesday 15 Dec 2004

Rodney Hide - Press Releases - Other

ACT Leader Rodney Hide today asked: when is TVNZ answering the $800,000 question?

"Feigning surprise, the Prime Minister told us how unhappy she was. The reality is Steve Maharey spilt the beans to Dr Cullen about the mother of all salaries over a week ago.

"The Government now says it awaits a convincing explanation from TVNZ's board of directors with Helen Clark showing uncharacteristic patience over all of this.

"There's no investigation needed, just a phone call. But so far all we've heard is deafening silence.

"Once again we have the Government deploying its delay-and-dump-over-Christmas tactic."

Mr Hide said the Prime Minister had two choices: cut TVNZ's funding as punishment or sack TVNZ board chairman Craig Boyce.

"Mr Boyce is ultimately responsible, particularly since he also heads TVNZ's three-person remuneration subcommittee. It is staggering that he has yet to provide the Prime Minister with an explanation for why this Crown-owned entity has stepped so far out of line," said Mr Hide.

ENDS

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