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Thursday, September 08, 2005

Further and Better Information

An Adolfian phone call to Radio NZ resulted in a quick patchng of the call through to Wellington where a John ??? advised that RNZ does not make public comment on staff matters. However he did assure me that Sean Plunkets' suspension does NOT relate in any way to the interview with Genetix. There was an off air incident after the interview concluded and it was this incident which led to the suspension.

The gentleman was emphatic that the suspension was not related to the interview and indicated the suspension would continue until an enquiry into the said incident was complete. Forgive me for thinking 'Well they'd have to say that, wouldn't they?' I smell lots of fish.

When I asked if there was any public statement by RNZ to verify what I had been told I was advised there was not and there would not be one, due to the policy of not commenting on staff matters. This might not be a bad time to consider the exception which proves the rule.

Can one hear the lawyers lining up?

Posted by Adolf Fiinkensein | 9/08/2005 11:24:00 am


Blogger Lucyna said...

This is getting even more interesting. They are realising they stuffed up and are now trying to cover themselves.

9/08/2005 11:36:00 am  
Blogger Berend de Boer said...

I got a call back from their communications manager and he promised a statement to the media asking them to correct the story. He insisted indeed it was not related to the interview at all, but it was an employment issue.

But from earlier calls to Radio NZ I got the impression that it was believed by staff he was dismissed because of this interview.

But for now, let's back off this story.

9/08/2005 11:42:00 am  
Blogger Lucyna said...

I think it's believed by everyone because of the timing. It still looks bad. Having Plunkett effectively gagged makes it look even worse.

9/08/2005 11:58:00 am  
Anonymous Ryan said...

Perhaps off air they asked him to apologise, and he refused?

I wonder if the MSM will give this a run? A lot of precious politicians and sensitive left-wing broadcasters out there!

9/08/2005 12:03:00 pm  
Blogger Murray said...

That fishy tang is undenialble.

9/08/2005 12:03:00 pm  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Oh the irony. RNZ complaining about being misreported.

9/08/2005 12:16:00 pm  
Blogger Lucyna said...

If they did ask him to apologise, that's big in itself. It shows the bias of the RNZ management. If they don't come out with the truth, it makes them look bad. But then the truth could be even worse.

Very amusing, really. Especially since it seems to be detracting from the Exclusive Bretheren story.

9/08/2005 12:17:00 pm  
Blogger Murray said...

RNZ complaining about being misreported...???


Damn thats some funny shit right there.

9/08/2005 12:20:00 pm  
Blogger Tane said...

The timing is suspicious all right, but it is possible that something unrelated to the Fitsimmons interview got him suspended. Given the industrial action at RNZ, he might have pissed someone off in another way(maybe he asked for a Judy Bailey size salary..)

Time will tell (I hope). Now that it's an issue in the public eye, RNZ will have some explaining to do.

9/08/2005 12:29:00 pm  
Blogger Craig Ranapia said...


If I was a RNZ executive, I'd be furious with the person you spoke to. If this is an "employment matter", Radio NZ staff are pretty unwise to be making any comment at all.

I have friends who work for RNZ, and the phrase "dysfunctional" comes up a lot in conversation - at least, it's one of the more printable ones. They finally get rid of Lynne Snowden (I think) and this comes along...

Somehow, I don't think we're heard the end of this - and I confidently predict the dogs of (employment) law will get even fatter on RNZ's tax-payer funded carcass. Let's just wait until we see who says what under oath in the Employment Court, if it gets that far.

9/08/2005 02:00:00 pm  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Yes Craig, I was rather surprised when, immediately after being told policy was that there would be no comment, I received considerable comment. Very much like the PM, if you don't mind me saying so, who says it will be a clean campaign as she commences the denigration of opposition leaders.

BTW I introduced myself by my real name but did not indicate anything else eg as to my occupation or reason for interest in the case. I might add, had I been asked, I would have answereed truthfully.

9/08/2005 02:12:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is wonderful Radio Socialist getting its deserts Only problem is like the Hawkesby millions it all comes out of our back pocket BASTARDS

9/08/2005 04:13:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not for much longer - Nats/ACT communication policy is to sell of RNZ & TVNZ!

9/08/2005 05:58:00 pm  
Blogger Berend de Boer said...

Guys, read the Herald, it was the interview after all!!!

9/09/2005 08:57:00 am  

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