TVNZ’s head of news and current affairs John Gillespie has resigned from the state broadcaster.
Gillespie, who took up the role in May 2013, will depart in June, TVNZ spokeswoman Rachel Howard said.
“John leaves 1 News in a strong position and we’re thankful for his immense contribution to our business,” she said.
“We will begin recruitment for his replacement shortly.”
* ‘Change’ on the way for 1News, ‘whether they’re cuts or whatever’
* TVNZ news boss rubbishes MediaWorks audience claims, calls them fake news
* TV1 boss John Gillespie says broadcaster becoming a ‘supermarket’ for news
Gillespie has worked at TVNZ for more than 20 years. He was editor of daily programmes before taking up his current position.
His resignation follows the departure of Newshub news chief Hal Crawford, who resigned in October and left MediaWorks this month.
MediaWorks said after three years, Crawford had decided to return to Australia with his family.
Both resignations have occurred at a time when the future of broadcasting in New Zealand is uncertain.
Earlier this month, Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi confirmed cabinet ministers have agreed to move forward with a business case to replace RNZ and TVNZ with one public media entity.
TVNZ boss Kevin Kenrick said the new entity could be established by 2023.
Meanwhile in October, MediaWorks announced its plans to sell the television arm of its business. A buyer for Three has not been found.