TVNZ loses executive after nine months

January 16th, 2013 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Television New Zealand’s head of news and current affairs Ross Dagan has resigned after less than nine months in the job.

In an email to staff, Dagan said his departure was for personal reasons and he was heading back to his hometown of Brisbane to take up a job at Seven Network.

It is highly unusual and almost unprofessional to quit an executive role in less than two years, unless there is something wrong at work. I’d heard Dagan wasn’t very popular – but that is not unusual for people in his role.

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9 Responses to “TVNZ loses executive after nine months”

  1. krazykiwi (9,188 comments) says:

    It’s a stretch to call it ‘news and current affairs’ isn’t it? More like tabloid trash desperately dressed up to appear professional.

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  2. niggly (779 comments) says:

    Very good point kk, how hard would it be for any TVNZ head of news and current affairs appointee not to be able to serve up scripted & manufactured tabloid trash and somehow there end up being fireworks and controversy within the organisation? I mean how hard could it really be, maybe they should appoint a monkey next time,that’ll stop the infighting,coochy co ;-)

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  3. JWM (6 comments) says:

    Would have been reasonable to include Dagan’s specific comments, which included an apology for the timing of his resignation, before putting the reflection of his decision being “unusual and almost umprofessional”. One can only imagine the disappointment he faced in not staying for the introduction of Seven Sharp. The tone of the article was a reasonable one unlike the personal tone of this post. At least the article had the decency to note what he’d done in the role.

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  4. Pete George (21,826 comments) says:

    At least TVNZ still have a serious morning news show. They are currently building up to a restart next week (there’s been no news worth delivering over the past few weeks) with a challenging item:

    Shooting the first weekly challenge for 2013 which involves @Toni_Street wearing these! Tune in next week…

    The pic is of small feet in clodhoppers.

    Maybe the new head of news and current affairs will take up a much bigger challenge and initiate something really groundbreaking into the show – ah, on second thoughts, no point in dreaming.

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  5. thor42 (776 comments) says:

    Krazykiwi has it right.
    I haven’t watched TV news for *years*. I’ll catch up on the headlines and sport via the Stuff website, and get other bits and pieces from around blogs and so forth.

    Btw – as a reaction to the ultra-PC media environment in Sweden, there is a new centre-right paper over there (both in “dead tree” and online forms).
    It is called “Dispatch International” –
    http://www.d-intl.com/en

    An article about it here –
    http://europenews.dk/en/node/57545

    I have subscribed to the online version for a year – not because I particularly need the news content, but simply to support what is an outspoken and non-PC paper. They’re very rare nowadays.

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  6. Manolo (12,637 comments) says:

    Will we live to see TVNZ privatised, as it should? What role does it play in the hands of the state?

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  7. duggledog (1,116 comments) says:

    Honestly Manolo!

    It shows New Zealanders on every screen, and the news department plays the role of a non-partisan, balanced media outlet – like National Radio!

    Did anybody hear Shearer on National Radio with his dumb ass housing policy? He got torn a new one (not)

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  8. Paulus (2,298 comments) says:

    No change underway at 7pm, for my wife, its the soap Shortarse Street – touch of fantasy.
    I am usually listening to music at that time anyhow.

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  9. Lucy (32 comments) says:

    A bit harsh to call him ‘unprofessional’ – really – people can do what they want. And it’s not ‘unusual’ at all. Loads of people have quit jobs at the executive level in a short time frame. If you’re not happy in the role, then you don’t do the company or yourself any favours by sticking it out.

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