MediaWorks staff urged to boycott CEO Mark Weldon's Central Otago wine
Staff at MediaWorks have been urged to boycott the wine business of chief executive Mark Weldon, according to a leaked malicious email.
An email sent to MediaWorks' and TVNZ staff, and forwarded to other companies urged people to contact Weldon and "say no" to his award-winning wine.
Sources confirmed the email was widely circulated on Friday afternoon.
The email said: "Do not support Mark Weldon because he doesn't support journalism."
It also featured a photo of Weldon holding a bottle of wine produced by his Central Otago vineyard, Terra Sancta, and his full name plus phone numbers, emails and cellphone.
The email urged people to boycott his business, a producer of pinot noir and other varietals, nestled in the Bannockburn area of the South Island wine-growing region.
It is understood the personal contact details contained in the email are not correct.
Weldon, formerly the chief executive of the New Zealand stock exchange and a senior manager with global consultancy firm McKinsey and Co, has been under fire after revelations the media company faces changes, cuts and the axing of high-profile programmes.
The company ditched Campbell Live earlier this year, announced the end of MasterChef for next year and other programmes potentially face the chop. It has been a tough year for the broadcaster amid declining ratings and a sweeping series of changes.
Its latest offering, gossip site Scout, is in disarray after a staffing meltdown.
MediaWorks declined to comment and a spokeswoman said Weldon was unavailable.
One source described the leak of personal details as "sickening".