Tony Veitch & TVNZ

This really isn’t about Tony Veitch personally, although the fact that he is refusing to comment on the allegations that he apparently beat up his ex partner (and not just a slap, but in a way that could land anyone in else in prison) doesn’t look good.

It’s TVNZs reaction that is most odd. As soon as the claims surfaced they should have reacted with lightening speed. If the allegations are true TVNZ cannot have someone publicly fronting programs who commits serious assault – whether or not they are prosecuted for it. It can’t be difficult to sort out this issue, if he admits to doing it then he needs to go, you can’t send the message that it’s OK to beat up women (or anyone else) try and cover it up, and then you can end up being a public figure.

It’s stupid for TVNZ to say it’s a private matter, if you are a public celebrity, nothings that private anymore. I suspect if it has been a private company they would not be nearly so supportive and would have had it sorted out very quickly. The longer this drags on the worse it looks, don’t TVNZ have a PR department?

TVNZ is standing by presenter Tony Veitch, despite an outcry from family violence groups who say the state broadcaster is condoning domestic violence by allowing him to remain on air.

It is understood TVNZ knew that Veitch had assaulted former partner Kristin Dunne-Powell, who needed hospital treatment and was confined to a wheelchair.

Updates on this issue are here and here


Latest update…

    • rupert small
    • July 8th, 2008

    I have never understood the attraction of this pumped-up, preening nobody.
    He really has to go and I agree with your comments on TVNZ responsibility.
    Apparently the assault occurred when Kristin objected to him going out to one of Mark Ellis’s all male lady’s underwear evenings…

    • consumist
    • July 9th, 2008

    yeeach! The thought of Mark Ellis in lady’s underwear is revolting… oh wait, that wasn’t what you meant, was it? 😉

    • ray andrews
    • July 9th, 2008

    rupert small is an astute judge of talent. I dont’ know tony but he seems to me to be a solid tradesman with a lisp, high profile mates and without much star quality himself. But then Peter Ropati has made a career as the sky rugby League comments man pronouncing every R as a W amongst an avalanche of cliches at a speed that overpowers the information receptors in most human brains. Its shot gun commentary. “If i just keep firing I am bound to hit something.” And its fun to watch his cohost try to wrestle the incomprehensible into the insightful. In my opinion Martin Devlin, whom tony replaced on Radio sport breakfast, has the gift. He is a funny, smart, insightful commentator. If Radio Sport can afford him back we will all be in a better place – including tony.

    • consumist
    • July 9th, 2008

    Hi Ray,

    I’d agree completely about Martin, in fact often he was the only reason I would listen to Radio Sport. An intelligent dry sense of humour, I saw he was on TV1’s breakfast program yesterday (I think) he would be a good permanent additional instead of the usual one diamensional talking heads.

    • ray andrews
    • July 9th, 2008

    Don’t want to hog your blog but I have another useful insight to share…

    But sorry Ray, not this time… that’s kinda way off topic and well, it’s a bit graphic and I don’t want to put readers off their lunches, or dinners for that matter. Cheers, Consumist

    • tracey
    • July 9th, 2008

    …not just a slap either????

    • tracey
    • July 9th, 2008

    Live by the image die by the image. If you choose to earn money courting your image, TV presenter, sports presenter, sports opinionater who passes comment on off the field behaviours of sports people, magazine exclusives, then when you tarnish that image, your job goes.

    • Alison
    • July 10th, 2008

    Tony Veitch has been exposed for the bully he is. Anyone who beats someone so badly they need hospitalization and then blackmails that person into saying nothing is a bully of the first order. He deserves every bit of criticism he is currently receiving.

    Apparently there is a history of unfortunate comments and behaviour from him. He has at last been found out. No doubt he hoped his (in his pitifully small mind) fame would be protection.

    So now he is full of remorse and sorry for what happened. Evidently he wasn’t too sorry when he beat his partner; evidently he was concerned only with his image; evidently he felt $100,000.00 was enough to buy silence; evidently he is stupid and arrogant.

    Obviously he is saying all the right things now – well he would wouldn’t he!! It’s not exactly rocket science to join those dots. He is extremely fortunate he didn’t face a charge of murder when this battering occurred.

    • whoarewe
    • July 18th, 2008

    What I don’t in the slightest ‘get’ is why a nation of sluts some how feel they all are far superior to Tony!!! We sleep around, we get drunk, we do all kinds of ‘immoral’ things, and suddenly we have the ‘moral high ground’ some how?!!?

    As for TV3’s involvement, I can’t believe people can’t see through it all!! TV3 is simply pushing more shoddy broadcasting and so called ‘reporting’, old John’s having a total hay day, putting down someone who’s actually a tad smarter then himself! (not a difficult feat by any means!!)

    Besides, isn’t Kirstin the chick who’s the marketing manager at Whoosh? Or is that someone else? Either way, I doubt she was really that stupid!! She’s used Tony well, made a 100 grand along the way, had two months of tax payer funded (most likely!?!) ACC holiday, and a huge amount more. Ontop of that she’s broken her word and in my view is a rather slimy character to say the least! A deals a deal. She wasn’t black mailed at all, she chose the 100 grand to keep it quiet. If she objected, she could’ve gone to the police right away. I guess Tony will now get a refund seeing as she didn’t keep her end of the deal?!? FAT CHANCE of that happening in our ‘pc’ society!!!

    Anyway, I think it’s about time we started to view things for what they really are, nothing but a side track from more important issues facing the country! Time for the gossip to go back into the gossip mags and keep our news focused on real news, not just new casters private lives!! It’s really as if the slave has become the master I think.

    • consumist
    • July 18th, 2008

    Hi Whoarewe…

    I don’t think morals come into it. Throwing or pushing someone down some stairs and then kicking them is assault, and this is a crime, that’s the issue here.

    It may well be that both of them have questionable morals, but I guess everyone will get to make their judgements on that when/if it gets played out in court.

    I agree that surely there are other talented people capable of reading from an autocue.

    Yep, your’e right, there are sure a hell of a lot of other things that are more important than TV (and that’s both Tony Veitch and Television).

  1. I have Bell’s Palsy and enjoy your blog very much. First time I’ve commented, but have been reading here and there.
    Great blog. I enjoy reading it every chance I get and value your opinions!

    • Jasmine
    • April 16th, 2009

    “What I don’t in the slightest ‘get’ is why a nation of sluts some how feel they all are far superior to Tony!!! We sleep around, we get drunk, we do all kinds of ‘immoral’ things, and suddenly we have the ‘moral high ground’ some how?!!?”

    This sounds like you are female. I bet you are an abusive creeepy male.

    • Jasmine
    • April 16th, 2009

    “. She wasn’t black mailed at all, she chose the 100 grand to keep it quiet.” The 100 grand was compensation for her injuries. All criminals who cause people injuries should pay compensation for medical bills and injury as well as doing jail time.

    Did Veitch ever actually pay her the money?

    Once again I think you are a male. This is certainly the sort of comment that comes from some men.

    • Jasmine
    • April 16th, 2009

    “Time for the gossip to go back into the gossip mags and keep our news focused on real news, not just new casters private lives!!”

    So when men are assualted or people are beaten by home invaders its OK for this to be on the news. When a guy beats a woman its his private affair.

    “It’s really as if the slave has become the master I think.”

    By slave become master do you mean women are slaves and you dont like them being able to prosecute men for assault.
    You are a womans worst nightmare and should be locked up for your support of criminals.

    It looks like you view our justice system as a male only privilege despite the fact that womans taxes also pay for it.

    Im certain you are a man and a very creepy one.

    • Jasmine
    • April 16th, 2009

    We hd a woman jailed a couple of weeks ago for untoward speech in court. Tony almost commits murder and avoids jail. Thats real justice isn’t it.

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