MediaWorks CEO apologises unreservedly to former and current staff on behalf of firm

The chief executive of MediaWorks has apologised on behalf of the company for past failingsand inadequate responses to misconduct complaints that has caused harm.

“Today is a pivotal moment in MediaWorks’ history and is not only a step forward for long-term change in our workplace, but for the wider media industry.”

Cam Wallace, in a statement, said the findings from an independent report into culture at the company gave clear direction for creating long-term change and they would move forward with all recommendations.

The findings of the report led by Maria Dew, QC, were released today, these included allegations of sexual assault, harassment and bullying.

Wallace acknowledged and thanked all of the 125 current and former staff who came forward to be interviewed as part of the process, as well as nearly 500 employees who completed a review survey.

Going forward, the release said the company would develop an action plan around implementing the report’s recommendations, which will be shared in spring.

“We are mindful that generating culture change takes time and this review is an important step in a process for MediaWorks which is already underway. The executive team has recently been working with staff to establish a company vision, purpose and values, along with our business strategy.”

Wallace joined the company earlier this year, before that he held a senior position at Air New Zealand.

He said other work underway includes a review of all employment policies, including the MediaWorks Code of Conduct and a programme of respect training workshops to address some of the issues raised in the review.

“I would like to thank Maria for the excellent job she has done at looking into the workplace culture at MediaWorks,” he said in the statement.

Dew’s report found that a senior MediaWorks employee engaged in sexual activity with a teenager at a promotional event after she’d been served drinks all evening and became “heavily intoxicated”.

No staff at the 2019 event intervened and the young woman said she was left with “serious psychological harm”, Dew’s report said.

Dew today released an executive summary of findings in her independent workplace conduct review after speaking with 100 current MediaWorks staff, 25 former staff and the young female who was a guest at the 2019 promo event.

Dew also surveyed 480 people at MediaWorks, which owns radio stations and ran TV3 before its sale last year.

The review also uncovered six allegations of sexual assault, a harmful “Boys’ Club” culture, bullying and harassment.


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