As it happened: RNZ bosses on Hirschfeld, Curran meeting – ‘We are here to entirely clear the air‘

RNZ is speaking at the select committee hearing to correct the record after one of its executives, Carol Hirschfeld, resigned over meeting directly with the Communications Minister.

Hirschfeld was RNZ‘s head of news before she resigned over the 5 December meeting with the minister, Clare Curran, at a Wellington cafe.

The broadcaster‘s staff are expected to maintain its independence by avoiding private talks with politicians.

After the meeting she also repeatedly told RNZ‘s chief executive Paul Thompson the meeting had been a chance encounter, a stance he and RNZ‘s chair Richard Griffin maintained when they spoke before a select committee.

Texts later revealed the meeting had been planned months beforehand. Mr Thompson and Mr Griffin have been asked to appear before the committee again to correct the record.