5 Jul 2013

Early exit for RNZ chief executive

3:45 pm on 5 July 2013

Radio New Zealand's chief executive Peter Cavanagh has had his contract terminated and is leaving the organisation five months early.

Peter Cavanagh.

Peter Cavanagh. Photo: RNZ

Mr Cavanagh's present five-year contract was due to expire in December this year. However, following discussions with the Radio New Zealand Board, it has been terminated. He will leave on 12 July.

Radio New Zealand Board chairman Richard Griffin said on Friday that Mr Cavanagh leaves Radio New Zealand with the full support and the board's best wishes.

"Peter has steered the company with extraordinary success over the decade of his stewardship and he leaves the organisation in good heart and celebrating the most successful results in its history," Mr Griffin said.

Mr Cavanagh's successor as chief executive Paul Thompson will take up his new role in September, three months earlier than originally anticipated.