Joan Withers appointed new chair of TVNZ

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MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Government – Joan Withers appointed new chair of TVNZ

Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams today announced the appointment of Joan Withers as the Chair of Television New Zealand (TVNZ).

“Ms Withers is a highly experienced director, having held several challenging and high profile positions in some of New Zealand’s most iconic companies,” says Ms Adams.

“Her background and expertise in media positions her well to take the helm of TVNZ at a time when it’s growing its online presence.

“As Deputy Chair of the TVNZ Board since 2009, Ms Withers brings continuity, solid industry knowledge and significant governance leadership experience to the role.”

Currently the Chair of Mighty River Power, Ms Withers sits on the board of the ANZ.  She formerly chaired Auckland International Airport and was previously Chief Executive of Fairfax Media New Zealand.

Her term runs from 1 May 2015 to 30 April 2016.

Ms Adams thanked the retiring chair, Wayne Walden, for his stewardship of TVNZ over the last four years.

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Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues. Selwyn has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia's FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand's The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.

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