TV presenter's court appearance 'doesn't make good reading', channel told
NZ on Air sent a 'please explain' email to an Otago TV station after a news reader fronted a bulletin while facing an assault charge.
Craig David Storey, a presenter of Allied Press' The South Today bulletin, was sentenced for assault with intent to injure in the Dunedin District Court on Tuesday.
Storey lost his temper with his 69-year-old ex-partner after he was questioned about a relationship on September 25 last year.
He continued to present the news bulletin, which screens on Channel 39 Southern Television, just hours after his June court appearance.
Jane Wrightson, the chief executive of NZ on Air, released emails concerning the incident under the Official Information Act.
A June 14 email, which linked to Stuff's coverage of the case, was sent by NZ on Air head of funding Glenn Usmar to Channel 39 station manager Daryl Clarkson.
"Obviously we aren't privy to the circumstances regarding this case but it doesn't make good reading from our perspective," he emailed.
"Can you please advise of the current situation and any action being taken."
A reply from Clarkson, dated June 29, said "to keep you up to date", but the rest was redacted from the emails released publicly.
A day after Storey's sentencing, Clarkson confirmed Storey was "no longer an employee of the company" following an investigation.
Last year, Allied Press was allocated $396,821 by NZ on Air to launch its multimedia news hub, including The South Today bulletin.
Storey was sentenced on Tuesday to four months' community detention, nine months' supervision, 150 hours' community work, and ordered to pay his victim reparations of $1500.
He told media outside court: "For a very brief period I had the best job in the whole wide world. I truly loved it."
He said he would love to return to media one day, but was in a "crashed and burnt situation".
He apologised to his viewers, saying "I am very sorry to let you down".