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7:39 am, November 14th, 2017 - 40 comments
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From the you have to be kidding file.
After such a significant loss in profit you would expect the Chief Executive’s pay to be adversely effected. But no. In 2016 it was $1.1 million but last year it increased to more than $1.35 million. He personally earned almost as much as the company profit.
Is someone taking the piss?
Television New Zealand boss Kevin Kenrick banked more than $500,000 in extra payments last year, the broadcaster has revealed, taking his salary to more than $1.35m.
TVNZ’s entire profit was only slightly larger than its chief executive’s pay. It made $1.392m for the year – down a whopping $11.295m on the previous year.
Kenrick collected a $409,727 bonus payment in September 2016 for meeting “performance criteria” and that, with other extra payments, significantly bumped up his base pay of about $840,000.He’s by far the highest-earner at the network, with their annual report disclosing today that three other staff earn over half a million dollars a year. TVNZ do not have to disclose the names of those earners and have refused in the past to identify who their biggest on-screen bankers are.
The causes for the savage drop in profitability are described as being difficulties over a decision to bulk buy programming from Disney and reorganisation and redundancy costs relating to the newsroom. Fair enough. But rewarding the Chief Executive overseeing self imposed contracting difficulties is just strange.
And what happens elsewhere?
The highest-paid figure at RNZ is paid between $400,000 – $410,000.
Meanwhile, the executive director of the BBC, Tony Hall, was paid an annual salary of £450,000 as of March 2017 – equivalent to about $850,000 in New Zealand currency.
I will shock a few by saying this but maybe it is time to consider privatising TVNZ. The released capital can be used to improve the performance of entities who do not use a rabid right winger as its front person and who do not pay the chief executive a bonus for overseeing a massive drop in profitability.