Article Title:Sacked QN host to take legal action
Category:New Zealand Daily News
Author or News Staff
Published on:22nd June 2003 - 12:00 pm
Story ID:1903
Text:UPDATED 11AM: Sacked Queer Nation host Jonathan Marshall has confirmed that he will be taking legal action against Livingstone Productions over his recent dismissal from the programme. Marshall yesterday filed papers with the Employment Relations Authority after Livingstone Productions, through their lawyers, declined to attend mediation to resolve the issue. Livingstone Productions fired Marshall last month, along with director/researcher David Herkt, following investigations of a complaint to TVNZ by presenter Mike Hosking that he had been pursued by the pair in a series of paparazzi-style stakeouts. Marshall had been moonlighting as a paparazzo photographer, selling photos and stories to womens magazines, both prior to and during his employment by Livingstone Productions in February of this year. Livingstone Productions executive producer John Givens said that although TVNZ did not play an active role in the sackings, Marshall was aware that Queer Nation was not allowed to cause "embarrassment" to TVNZ. Marshall is now seeking reinstatement on Queer Nation, and costs for humiliation and hurt to the sum of $10,000. While disappointed that the matter will end up in court, he says that the dismissal needs to be assessed by an independent authority.    
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