The Herald has also learned TVNZ bosses are considering keeping Veitch off air until after the Olympics – but then allowing him to return to work.
I hope this isn’t true, this is a Labouresk reincarnation, take the problem away from the public for a while then they’ll all forget, then reinstate them when every ones preoccupied.
The one hope strangely enough comes from business. Any business would be nuts to have any sponsorship anywhere near someone like Tony Vietch. I can’t imagine any product or service that would benefit from being associated with him, surely he would be a toxic touch. If no company will have a bar of him, then TVNZ won’t be able to use him again.
What puzzles me is why they are even thinking about it. Is the talent pool that shallow that the only option for sports presenters is an admitted wife beater? surely not. There must be a number of suitable people who could be promoted. Are TVNZ that devoid of creative thinking that all they can think about is continuing Veitch’s employment regardless?… no, wait don’t answer that, we’re talking about TVNZ.
Meanwhile across at the Maori Party they are struggling with their own PR disaster as Labout has dropped them in the shit – not the sort of thing that you’d expect from a potential coalition partner in the looming elections, but then I had heard that Clark was going to play dirty, and has she been playing dirrrrty so far!
The Fox scenario is slightly different, his partner is talking to the media and we can get a fuller story, hes also appeared to have stated his regret unreservedly. But you have to wonder what the hell this means from the Maori Party co leader…
“The other co-leader, Pita Sharples, said Mr Fox’s contribution to broadcasting and print journalism as well as being Wairoa mayor in the intervening years shouldn’t be forgotten”
because I read this as Sharples saying that they’re going to be a bit flexible here because this is a potentially high profile candidate that they want because it’ll give them a good public profile at the polls…
But then again, like TVNZ they might have missed public opinion on this. Are both TVNZ and the Maori Party saying it’s OK to beat someone up, then apologise and you’ll be fine and can go on being a public figure and by extension be a role model for young people? Because when you strip all the BS away that’s what you get in my opinion. It’s a pretty powerful message, and so very very wrong.
(I was struggling for a picture, but fortunately found a snap shot from a recent TVNZ motivational conference, held somewhere sandy and warm, Taupo is so passe these days for SOE’s)