Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A double-whammy for Shane Taurima

Shane Taurima's bid to become a Labour MP was dashed on Sunday afternoon. And it seems that even he accepts that his attempt to be selected as Labour's candidate for the Ikaroa-Rawhiti by-election has left him desk-bound; the Herald reports:

TVNZ broadcaster Shane Taurima will talk to his bosses this week about what role he will have after unsuccessfully contesting Labour's Ikaroa-Rawhiti candidacy.
The former editor of Te Karere, who is the current general manager of Maori and Pacific Programmes, lost to Ngati Kahungunu chief executive Meka Whaitiri at the weekend.
Of all the candidates Mr Taurima, one of Maoridom's best journalists, had the most to lose from the race. Standing for a political party while working at TVNZ means there would be huge perception problems around impartiality to do with newsroom roles - for example, hosting political programme Q&A again.
Yesterday, from Napier he told the Herald he never felt any fear around his decision.
"Obviously, there's no more in front of the camera for me, that's what I've loved to do for the past few years. That's one of the risks you have to take. When you believe so passionately about something you have to give it 110 per cent, and that's exactly what I did. I was certainly aware of the risk."
Mr Taurima said he hadn't thought "at all" about whether he'd like to be on Labour's list.
He wouldn't be drawn on whether the party had offered a high placing at the next election.

Credit to Shane Taurima for accepting the reality of Sunday's result; having campaigned to be selected as a Labour candidate, remaining as a front-person on a political programme is not even an option. Whilst political pundits like to speculate about the political leanings of broadcasters, Taurima made such speculation unnecessary when he nailed his colours to Labour's mast.

We reckon that it's highly likely that Shane Taurima will be offered a sweetener in 2014, and we would expect to see him in the top quarter of Labour's party list, in a position that almost guarantees him a place in the 51st Parliament. In the meantime and if things don't work out at TVNZ, we understand that David Shearer is looking for a new chief press secretary...


James Stephenson said...

Am I the only one that thinks that there's something wrong when an organisation won't put someone on the screen once we know what their bias is...?

CameronFoxton said...

I think there is something to be said for the accountability that comes from knowing a interviewers bias/worldview, if anything it might force them to be more strict when interviewing people from the same end of the political spectrum.

jabba said...

Is "political scientist" Jon Johansson a neutral commentator on Q&A?

Anonymous said...

What exactly could he do back in TVNZ? Shane Taurima's a news man. It's all he knows and I don't think TVNZ make gardening shows anymore.


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