Tamihere not happy with MediaWorks

LAURA WALTERS
Last updated 11:33 20/12/2013
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Radio presenter and former Labour MP John Tamihere has told a radio station he is going to sue media company MediaWorks.

During an interview with Radio Waatea yesterday, Tamihere said he would be suing MediaWorks and said the media company was run by a "sisterhood".

Tamihere did not say why he would be taking legal action.

"I'm telling you . . . I will be litigating, again, with MediaWorks very shortly so you can read all the salacious bits in the affidavits and in the emails," he told Radio Waatea.

"But here's the thing, whenever I go anywhere I'll go on my own terms, [I] won't go on anyone else's terms.

"It's interesting too at MediaWorks, it's a sisterhood running it, I'm just writing up my affidavit now and I'm just reflecting on it. It's amazing, it's like back to the future with [former prime minister] Helen [Clark] and co."

However, this morning Tamihere would also not confirm to Fairfax Media he was suing MediaWorks.

"I think you need to listen to the full interview before you come to those conclusions," Tamihere said, referring to the three-hour-long Radio Waatea interview.

MediaWorks told Fairfax Media today that Tamihere's contract was due to finish at the end of the month and he was not returning to Radio Live.

The former Labour MP and co-host Willie Jackson were stood down by the station last month after public backlash following an interview the pair conducted with a caller who claimed to be a friend of an alleged victim of the Roast Busters group of teenagers that published their sexual exploits online.

It has since been announced that Jackson would return to Radio Live next year with new co-host Alison Mau.

Tamihere would not discuss his Radio Live contract with Fairfax Media today.

''I think you should pose those questions to [MediaWorks' managing director] Sussan Turner," he said.

MediaWorks would not say why Tamihere's contract was not being renewed or comment on any allegations of legal action between Tamihere and MediaWorks.

"We are declining to comment on your other questions, as we don't give details on our contracts," the company said in a statement.

This story has been updated to remove a reference to the John Tamihere interview lasting several hours.

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