woohoo!!! yes!! yippee!!! hooray!!! and about damn time:
Breakfast host Paul Henry has resigned after mounting pressure over his ethnic slurs against Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand and a senior Indian Government Minister.
TVNZ made the announcement at 6pm today.
Henry appears to have resigned from TVNZ before he was pushed, with chief executive Rick Ellis admitting for the first time that the shock-jock's on-air ethnic jibes was threatening advertising.
"It is no longer practical in the current environment for me to do the job I was employed to do, and have so enjoyed doing," Mr Henry said tonight.
"It is also difficult for TVNZ to get on with the business of being a first class broadcaster as long as I remain."
who says activism doesn't get results. the question is, though, where is he going to go next. because it's not like he's going to stop doing what he does. i'm predicting increased talkback radio time at the least. let's hope the other television networks in this country stay well clear from him, as his brand has definitely been tarnished.
edited to add: here is the statement from TVNZ chair rick ellis:
Paul Henry and I met earlier today and Paul offered me his resignation, which I have accepted.
In doing so, I offer my sincere apology on behalf of myself and TVNZ, to all those who have been offended by Paul’s inappropriate on-air comments.
I will be apologising in person to the Governor General.
I also apologise to the Indian community, both here and in India.
Paul has many loyal supporters and there will be those who question whether his resignation was the right outcome.
I believe Paul has done the right thing.
The reality is that his comments have split the community and damaged New Zealand’s international relationships, and there is no going back from that.