Embattled broadcaster Tony Veitch is returning to television, seven months after quitting TVNZ amid allegations he assaulted his former partner.On the one hand he's innocent until proven guilty and certainly my unionist soul feels uncomfortable that he be denied an income when he hasn't been convicted. On the other I find this very icky, particularly given that he has actually admitted at least a part of the assault allegations, and he didn't really do a fabulous job with the apology. His actions since the allegations surfaced appeared to me to be more about limiting and managing damage to himself, which I suppose is only human, but...
Veitch, 34, who faces seven charges of assault, has been hired as a panellist by Murray Deaker for his Sky TV show Deaker on Sport. His first appearance screens live this Wednesday, and comes as Veitch is also nominated as a finalist for best sports presenter in TV Guide's annual awards.
Veitch's chance to resurrect his broadcasting career follows a personal approach from Deaker, who has overcome his own personal demons. Deaker said Veitch deserved a chance.
"He is a talented broadcaster, he loves sport and he should be given the opportunity to work. He hasn't had any work for six months and the case is many months away from being heard so, in my opinion, it's time he got back on the horse again.
We wrote a lot about Tony Veitch last year, and it looks like the typing isn't over yet.