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TV3 Statement Regarding Linda Clark


Tuesday 13 May, 2014

TV3 Statement Regarding Linda Clark

Linda Clark is one of the country’s most experienced and most astute political commentators.

In her work to date as a commentator for TV3, Linda has withdrawn from situations or made a public declaration where a potential conflict of interest exists with her work as a lawyer.

Last year, Linda acted as moderator for TV3 debate programme The Vote, and she has also been one of many commentators on The Nation.

She has never been employed by TV3 as a journalist, interviewer or host.

Because the firm she works for, Kensington Swan has a policy of never commenting on clients, in this case she is unable to confirm or deny any professional dealings with David Cunliffe.

In 2011, Linda was a panellist in TV3’s Election Night coverage. TV3 has not announced its team for this year’s Election coverage, but if Linda was to be involved, the extent of her involvement would again be as a panellist on Election Night.

In the past we have trusted Linda to withdraw from any commentary work if she felt she had a conflict of interest. She is a very experienced operator and we have never had reason to doubt her judgement.

We will continue to review Linda’s involvement in our programmes on a case-by-case basis, taking into account that her role is clearly defined as a commentator and panellist, not a journalist, interviewer or host.

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