TVNZ staff told to look less glamorous
TVNZ staff have been sent a document with photos of skinny models to illustrate the state-run broadcaster's new dresscode.
Female staff are not to show bare arms or wear patterned outfits, while the men are to wear "open necked shirts, sleeves rolled (where appropriate); jackets (depending on the weather) and chinos or dark trousers" under the new dress code.
The document obtained by the Herald on Sunday states: "We want to start the New Year with a slightly more informal look - a New Zealand look - that means dressing for the story and the occasion."
The document also apologises for the use of "ridiculously slim, beautiful people" in the photos.
TVNZ spokeswoman Georgie Hills told the Herald on Sunday the ideas had been shared with its One News team, with an emphasis on informal not casual presentation.
"Our focus is always on the story and it's important that presentation doesn't distract from that. We are encouraging our team to take their cue from where they are reporting from," Hills said.
"The new look simply reflects New Zealand's increasingly informal take on work wear."
However, the memo advises staff still need to look authoritative and credible.
According to the Herald, TVNZ spent more than $110,000 on its wardrobe in 2014, excluding the separate allowance given to reporters. The Herald has revealed clothes are sometimes recycled through presenter ranks with fulltime staff such as Wendy Petrie getting first pick while less-prominent newsreaders such as Nadine Chalmers-Ross and Melissa Stokes could be spotted wearing Petrie's hand-me-downs.
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