RAW DATA: Bernard Hickey's complaint to the government
Email from Bernard Hickey to Nick Bryant, press secretary to Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee:
We'd like to register our surprise and disappointment that NBR chose to flagrantly flout the 6pm embargo on the Christchurch CBD announcement this evening.
Its first report went up at 5.17 pm, a full 43 minutes before the embargo time that other online publishers had agreed to.
What sanctions will be applied government-wide to the NBR?
I would expect they would be be banned from Budget and RBNZ lockups in future, given their open contempt for an agreement that other media have agreed to.
Interest.co.nz Managing Editor