Text messages between Carol Hirschfeld, Clare Curran

Text messages between Carol Hirschfeld, Clare Curran

Clare Curran says she has no intention of resigning as Broadcasting Minister, in the wake of the controversy of her meeting with the former RNZ head of news Carol Hirschfeld.

And she says that calling it an unofficial, informal meeting was wrong, and it may have been naive to have it in the first place.

"I think I've been really, really open about what happened, how it happened, I've just released the texts between myself and Ms Hirschfeld".

She said Ms Curran had said she should have acknowledged the meeting occurred, when asked in Parliament.

Ms Ardern said she had full confidence in Ms Curran.

However, she said on Tuesday that it was a mistake to omit the meeting.

She said her office contacted RNZ immediately to correct Ms Hirschfeld.

On Sunday, Ms Hirschfeld admitted the meeting was pre-planned, leading to her resignation yesterday.

"It was a high-level discussion about the state of the media in New Zealand".

Asked if it was naive, she said: "It may have been naive, but I was unaware of that".

She rejected any suggestion it was a clandestine meeting.

She said it was a shame that Hirshfeld had quit over the matter.

Curran's office had contacted RNZ after Griffin and Thompson defended Hirschfeld's version of events at a select committee to correct them, and left it for them to deal with.

She had told them it was a chance encounter, but the state broadcaster received evidence that proved otherwise.

December 5: Media commentator John Drinnan blogs about the meeting, saying any discussions about the future of RNZ should be with board chairman Richard Griffin or chief executive Paul Thompson. She reassured them it was a chance meeting.

He says the issue was compounded by Hirschfeld maintaining an incorrect version of events for nearly four months.

The NZ Herald reports that National MP Melissa Lee revealed that Mr Griffin told her beforehand about the impending resignation before it was tendered by Ms Hirschfeld yesterday.

Griffin described the saga is disappointing for the whole company.

Lee is the one who has led the charge for transparency around the meeting between Curran and Hirschfeld.

"I think we do need to understand why it is exactly that Carol Hirschfeld has resigned, and what that means for Clare Curran".

Lee asked Radio NZ chief executive Paul Thompson about it at a select committee and Thompson said it had been a chance encounter between the pair. "She is a well-respected journalist, and it was never about her", Lee told RNZ.

"As I say, in a flawless world I would look to better timing, in fact that sort of circumstances won't happen again", he said at the time.

Griffin also told the select committee the meeting was not scheduled.

RNZ head of news and digital Glen Scanlon will take over her responsibilities in the interim.

The meeting attracted political criticism from National, as it was not included in the minister's diary.

RNZ management questioned Ms Hirschfeld about the matter again.

Curran was defending excluding the meeting in her answer to a Parliamentary written question as recently as February 20 during Question Time in the House.

Ms Curran has come under pressure after initially failing to disclose the breakfast meeting in response to parliamentary questions last December.

December 7: National MP and broadcasting spokeswoman Melissa Lee asks Ms Curran for a list of meetings with RNZ staff since December 1.

Curran eventually responded: "Because I didn't perceive it as an official meeting".

It also broke RNZ protocol and the chain of command between the minister and the public broadcaster.



Related Posts

'Ren & Stimpy' Creator John Kricfalusi Accused Of Harassment And Underage Sexual Abuse
But that soon escalated to Kricfalusi , who was aged 39 at the time, sending boxes of toys and art supplies to Byrd. He also claims that Kricfalusi would routinely show off a "stack of Polaroids" taken during sex with Byrd.

Oxbow Advisors LLC Acquires New Position in Walt Disney Co (DIS)
Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 85,636 shares of the company's stock, valued at $9,282,086.04. Robert Pohly decreased its stake in Hdfc Bank Ltd (HDB) by 11.35% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC.

No Man's Sky Xbox release comes alongside NEXT update
The game initially released on PS4 and PC in August of 2016 and had a polarizing reception, to say the least. The update is called as "NEXT" and it is important to update on a long journey and the community.

Fabolous Booked For Assaulting Girlfriend
We are deeply, deeply concerned about Fabolous' horrific string of violence and violent threats against Emily and her family. This week's incident is reportedly related to a March 7 dispute between the couple that involves text message evidence.

Arnold Schwarzenegger stable after emergency heart surgery
Schwarzenegger tweeted a joke proposal that he and Trump exchange jobs "so that people can finally sleep comfortably again". That 1997 operation, too, produced complications, requiring another emergency procedure.

Online Casinos that Accept UK Players
Since the UK has grown to become a thriving gambling market, numerous gaming destinations have popped up that provide the service. Since the UK is regarded as the online gaming hub of the world, gamblers in the region are in no short supply of casino options.

Ingalls & Snyder LLC Acquires Shares of 1351 Amazon.com, Inc
Oakmont Corp decreased its stake in Amazon Com Inc ( AMZN ) by 0.88% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. The Alabama-based Rfg Advisory Gru Ltd Liability has invested 0.25% in Amazon.com, Inc. (NYSE:AME) rating on Monday, July 10.

Nepal PM Oli to visit India next week
Prime Minister Oli, who will be visiting Mugu to inaugurate the Karnali Province's Tourism Year 2018-19 starting on April 14. India has been prodding Nepal to make the new statute inclusive and broad-based in approach.

Winners of Max Polyakov’s initiative Vernadsky Challenge hit the top of CES 2018
The engineering startup competition provides its participants with reviews from industry expert, as well as customer feedback. The organizers are interested in a wide range of fields from space technology and robotics to military and medical equipment.

Justice is served as new Judge Dredd figure preorders are now open
Despite the hefty price tag of $799.99, there is a 15% discount available for customers who pay in full or opt into a payment plan.

© 2015 ExpressNewsline. All Rights reserved.