Plun­ket re­signs from broad­cast­ing watch­dog

Taranaki Daily News - - News -

Veteran jour­nal­ist Sean Plun­ket has re­signed from the Broad­cast­ing Stan­dards Author­ity.

The for­mer broad­caster faced out­rage af­ter ask­ing on Twit­ter if ‘‘any­one else’’ felt for dis­graced Hol­ly­wood pro­ducer Har­vey We­in­stein. Speak­ing af­ter his res­ig­na­tion, Plun­ket re­mained de­fi­ant, say­ing he did not re­gret the tweet.

He re­signed less than two weeks af­ter he took a seat on the author­ity, for what was sup­posed to be a three-yeart­erm. The author­ity is re­spon­si­ble for rul­ing on of­fi­cial broad­cast­ing com­plaints.

The author­ity and Plun­ket is­sued a joint state­ment an­nounc­ing his res­ig­na­tion on Fri­day af­ter­noon. Plun­ket said ear­lier in the day that his fu­ture with the BSA was ‘‘up to them’’. He later said the de­ci­sion to re­sign was his, made in the in­ter­ests of the author­ity. ‘‘The or­gan­i­sa­tion has an im­por­tant func­tion to ful­fil,’’ he said.

Af­ter a ca­reer in broad­cast­ing, jour­nal­ism and most re­cently in po­lit­i­cal pub­lic­ity, Plun­ket said he had been look­ing forward to his new role. The con­tro­ver­sial tweet was posted on Wed­nes­day and was fol­lowed quickly by Plun­ket’s as­ser­tions that he thought We­in­stein de­served all the scru­tiny he was re­ceiv­ing.

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