(Open Letter to the Chief Executive and Editor-in-Chief of Radio New Zealand)
Dear Peter Cavanagh,
I am writing to call for the resignation of your deputy on the grounds of incompetence and bias. The bias I am talking about is anti-male bias. This is not news. However, what is news is the gross incompetence revealed in a telephone conversation I had on 19 August 2008 with someone who identified themself as the second-in-command, although I have forgotten his name.
At about 9:15 AM I phoned Radio New Zealand News to ask that I, as the long-standing principal New Zealand advocate of a pro-male position on Domestic Violence, be reported on the issue of broadcaster Tony Veitch's arrest on Domestic Violence charges. As soon as the woman who answered the phone had heard enough to know what I wanted, I was put through to the above-mentioned male employee -- without any prior notification that this was about to be done. This, of course, was rude and unprofessional, but Radio New Zealand makes it clear, in so many ways, that it can do whatever it wants.
This second-in-command of yours refused to let me be interviewed, but he listened to the two points which I wanted to put across on air, which were that: