6 Apr 2018

RNZ hearing raises further questions - Melissa Lee

From Morning Report, 7:50 am on 6 April 2018

RNZ has appeared before Parliament to set the record straight over a meeting its former Head of News, Carol Hirschfeld, held with the Broadcasting Minister, Clare Curran.

RNZ's chair Richard Griffin and chief executive Paul Thompson told a select committee early this month the meeting last December had been inadvertent, but returned yesterday to say the meeting had in fact been planned.

Ms Hirschfeld resigned after admitting to repeatedly lying to Mr Thompson about the meeting.

Mr Griffin and Mr Thompson were questioned by MPs yesterday but the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, said nothing was said that undermined her confidence in Clare Curran.

Questions about the December meeting were first raised in Parliament by the opposition's Melissa Lee.

She speaks to Susie Ferguson from our Auckland studio.