Article Title:Sacked QN presenter taking legal action
Category:New Zealand Daily News
Author or Credit:GayNZ.com News Staff
Published on:16th May 2003 - 12:00 pm
Published by:GayNZ.com
Story ID:1860
Text:Sacked Queer Nation presenter Jonathan Marshall has instructed a lawyer to take legal action after being fired from the company which produces the gay TV programme. Auckland-based Livingston Productions sacked Marshall and director/researcher David Herkt yesterday evening following the high-profile sunday newspapers exposure of Marshall's paparazzi tactics seeking photographs of TVNZ presenter Mike Hosking. Herkt, who accompanied marshall on at least two of the Hosking chases went public, airing of details of the incidents and other QN "office information" on an internet newsgroup. Marshall says he believes his sacking was "calculated" and he is disappointed that an employer he thought he could trust has "turned" on him. He believes his sacking was motivated by Queer Nation's desire to protect its position with broadcaster TVNZ which also employs Hosking. Meanwhile, Herkt says he is "deeply saddened" by the turn of events and needs a few days to absorb the impact of the situation. Queer Nation boss Johnny Givens says the pair were fired because of a "fundamental breach of trust and confidentiality" and "internal issues within the production company."    
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