NZFirst Calls For End To TVNZ “Mega” Payouts
The New Zealand First Leader, Winston Peters, has
offered to drive multi-millionaire broadcaster Paul Holmes
to the nearest international airport if he goes through with
a threat to leave New Zealand for Australia.
publicly defended the huge salaries paid to TVNZ newsreaders
and front people. His own salary is in excess of $750,000.
In the New Zealand Herald today Holmes suggested that he
could take his skills across the Tasman “if the Prime
Mr Peters said that the Prime
Minister is justified in questioning the vast sums that
TVNZ staff pay to themselves instead of spending the money
on making quality programmes or providing free to air live
coverage of major events.
“The debacle over the media
superstars and their huge State funded contracts is
sickening to New Zealanders struggling to make ends
“TVNZ’s high spenders must be brought under control
and if they threaten to leave the country and go to
Australia, my advice is to let them go and to use the
millions of dollars that would be saved to help improve
health services,” said Mr
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