17 Jul 2008

Tony Veitch quits his TV and radio jobs

8:50 pm on 17 July 2008

The sports presenter Tony Veitch has resigned from his broadcasting jobs in the wake of domestic violence revelations.

His future has been at the centre of intense public debate, after he admitted lashing out at former partner Kristin Dunne-Powell in 2006.

The police have received a formal assault complaint against him from Ms Dunne-Powell.

In a statement released on Thursday afternoon, Mr Veitch says untrue statements have made his on-air roles at Television New Zealand and The Radio Network untenable.

He says he has been honest with his employers and tried to do the right thing.

Mr Veitch also says he needs to take stock of his life and spend time with his family before he makes decisions about his future.

He says he is continuing to undertake counselling and that he's loved his job at Television New Zealand, which he describes as his life.

Police investigation

The police in Auckland have announced they have received a formal assault complaint against Mr Veitch from his former partner.

Ms Dunne-Powell says she will not be making any further comment as the matter is now before the police.

Detectives from the police in Auckland are investigating the alleged assault on Kristin Dunne-Powell.

Broadcasters' reaction

TVNZ's chief executive Rick Ellis says the controversy has been a blow to the organisation and it would have been unrealistic for Mr Veitch to stay on.

Mr Ellis says Mr Veitch had worked for the company for about 13 years and was a talented and hardworking broadcaster.

His sentiments are shared by the Radio Network's general manager of talk programming Bill Francis.

"He thought it was untenable given all the media furore around what may or may not have happened and he believed that it was the best decision to resign," Mr Francis says.

Both companies say Mr Veitch will be paid for his standard notice period.