Sunday, October 10, 2010

Paul Henry's Final Fall

The giggling jackass Paul Henry and retiring NZ Governor-General Sir Anand SatyanandLive by the sword – die by the sword.
This is how the final week of Paul Henry’s TV career played out…
Monday 4 October:
Issue 1 - PH makes flippant comment about retiring Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand. PH asks Prime Minister John Key on live tv: "Are you going to choose a New Zealander who looks and sounds like a NZer this time?" (Sir Anand was born in NZ of Fiji-Indian parents).
TVNZ news and current affairs PR manager Andi Brotherston quickly releases statement defending PH: "The audience tell us over and over again that one of the things they love about Paul Henry is that he's prepared to say the things we quietly think but are scared to say out loud."
Tuesday 5 October:
TVNZ broadcasts PH’s apology over Governor-General comment.
Ben Gracewood, TVNZ Breakfast's gadget reviewer, quits in protest at PH’s comments.
Issue 2 - Indian media in heated debate over his joking last week about the surname of Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit.
Public protests outside TVNZ premises in Wellington and Auckland.
TVNZ suspends PH for two weeks without pay (approx.$8000).
Wednesday 6 October:
PH replaced as host of this weekend’s This Is Your Life programme.
PH’s suspension called a "token" punishment by NZ’s Fijian-Indian community: "he needs counseling".
The Green Party calls for PH to be sacked.
TVNZ news and current affairs PR manager Andi Brotherston emails apology to staff for "horrendous error of judgment" in her response to PH's Gov-Gen.comments, offers resignation - TVNZ declines to accept.
Thursday 7 October:
In Australia, Seven Network’s Sunrise show asks whether PH was indeed correct in his pronunciation last week of Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit's surname:

Communications Minister Steven Joyce says PH is "becoming a liability".
PM John Key describes PH’s comments as "inappropriate".
Friday 8 October:
PH's comments bring a record 600 complaints to TVNZ and make headlines in India.
Diplomatic fallout: formal protest from India over PH’s "dick-shit" comments.
Foreign Minister Murray McCully describes PH's comments as "gratuitous and insulting".
Saturday 9 October:
Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples calls for PH sacking.
India's NZ High Commissioner writes to broadcasting minister Jonathan Coleman to protest.
Opposition leader Phil Goff says Mr Key can not afford to deflect the PH situation by downplaying it.
TVNZ's chief executive considers PH's future this weekend as pressure mounts. Rick Ellis suggests PH's future far from certain, despite earlier saying the opposite.
Media in India widely cover the "dick-shit" issue, including reports that Indian ministers boycotted a dinner with Sir Anand, who is in India (despite he himself being a recipient of PH’s ill-conceived comments).
Sunday 10 October:
Paul Henry resigns from TVNZ.

How ironic that all this exploded just three weeks after PH was named the "People's Choice" at the Qantas media awards! But he's had so many opportunites to reform, so many chances to read the writing on the wall.
Is there anything more to be said?
PS: 11 Dec.2011 - TVNZ spokesman Andi Brotherston has quit, saying she's sick of the huge amount of flak.


Anonymous said...

And about bloody time too! I say - bring back Cameron Bennett!

Maria, Warkworth said...

Paul Henry will not be missed in our household. Goodbye. good riddance.