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Letter to the editor – Mark Weldon’s fan club offers support

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Frank Macskasy - letters to the editor - Frankly Speaking

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It appears that there are now two supporters for Mark Weldon;

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mark weldon - tv3 - mediaworks - letter to editor - dominion post - 7.5.16

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It demanded a response…

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from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com>
to: Dominion Post <letters@dompost.co.nz>
date: Mon, May 9, 2016
subject: Letter to the editor

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The Editor
Dominion Post

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“It concerns me that Mark Weldon has become a scapegoat”, writes Gaylene Freeth (7 May) She asks, “why should all the finger pointing be directed solely at him, when surely the responsibility and accountability rest primarily with the Mediaworks chairman and board members”.

The reason is quite simple. As CEO, Mark Weldon carried out certain policies – policies ostensibly in accordance with Mediaworks’ Board directives.

However, no one forced Weldon to carry out those policies. No one held a gun to his head as he oversaw the mass-redundancies of highly skilled, experienced professionals from their jobs and cancellation of “Campbell Live”.

He could have resigned at any time.

The old argument that “he was only following orders” is one that was firmly rejected as recently as 1945.

When Ms Freeth – herself an experienced businesswoman – demands to know “why is Weldon the only one being targeted at present”, the answers are glaringly obvious;

1. He agreed to carry out Board directives
2. He was paid to do the job
3. CEOs are ultimately responsible for their actions

Ms Freeth says that “any board directive must be implemented regardless”.

No, Ms Freeth. Mark Weldon had a choice and he exercised it. The buck stops with him.

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– Frank Macskasy

[address and phone number supplied]

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References

Radio NZ: MediaWorks CEO Mark Weldon resigns

Previous related blogposts

Campbell Live, No More

Blogger threatened with lawsuit over questions of conflict-of-interest regarding Mediaworks

Mediawork’s Julie Christie at war with NZ on Air – Possible conflict of interest as first reported last year on TDB

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This blogpost was first published on The Daily Blog on 17 May 2016.

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  1. Mooloomagic
    17 May 2016 at 1:00 pm

    It seems a prerequisite now to be CEO is to be devoid of any emotion, empathy and compassion ethics morals and good values , just need to be psychotic sociopath totally obsessed with money. NZ Bushiness leaders in the main seem to be nasty people only interested in their own wealth and no desire or interest in being a good corporate citizen.

  2. Akldnut
    17 May 2016 at 3:10 pm

    But he told me to do it.
    I didn’t want to, he made do it.
    I’m not comfortable with it, but they pay me to do it.

  3. 18 May 2016 at 1:09 pm

    So much for the concept of taking responsibility for one’s actions. Isn’t that what the New Right and nouveau rich keep advocating for us plebs??

  4. Theodore
    24 May 2016 at 10:42 am

    oh dear, I think Ms Freeth has misplaced loyalties…

  5. Sally's Husband
    24 May 2016 at 9:41 pm

    The woman is delusional. (Either that, or a relation to Weldon.)

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