Article Title:MPs support sacked Queer Nation pair
Category:New Zealand Daily News
Author or News Staff
Published on:18th May 2003 - 12:00 pm
Story ID:1865
Text:Two senior MPs, opposition broadcasting spokesmen, National`s Murray McCully and Act MP Rodney Hide, have come out in support of sacked Queer Nation staffers and part-time paparazzi Jonathan Marshall and David Herkt. McCully and Hide are demanding an inquiry into TVNZ`s role in the sacking, concerned that the state-owned broadcaster pressured Livingstone Productions to take action. But TVNZ marketing director Annemarie Duff says the broadcaster merely “raised our concerns with programme maker Livingstone Productions. It was Livingstone Productions that carried out the investigation." Livingstone in turn says the pair were sacked for a breach of trust and confidentiality, rather than the paparazzi-like stalking of TVNZ frontman Mike Hosking which triggered the affair. Marshall, who is believed to have earned about $3,000 from the sale of the pictures and story to New Idea magazine, says he will be suing Livingstone Productions for unjustified dismissal.    
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