The case of Radio New Zealand’s reported distress over whether star presenter Sean Plunket appears in the new-look Metro magazine has left us puzzled on a couple of fronts.
Long story short: RNZ is miffed because the Auckland monthly intends running a Plunket political column, which it insists Plunket should not be writing because he is the state broadcaster's exclusive media property.
As Simon Pound points out, this is all rather strange in light of the fact that other RNZ presenters have in the past crossed over with their employer’s corporate blessing — Kim Hill, for example. Too, guests and regular contributors on Nine To Noon, Saturday Morning with Kim Hill, and Afternoons with Jim Mora (especially The Panel) also tend to draw on a variety of outside media.
What’s so different, then, in allowing Plunket his head in another outlet, which would also have the obvious benefit of promoting his main employer?
Still more puzzling, say RNZ insiders, is why the broadcaster should be picking yet another contractual scrap over Plunket's political pensees when it has still to resolve its immensely long-running (and expensive) Lynne Snowden dispute.