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Thirteen things you should know about Mark Weldon (CEO of Mediaworks), by Rex Widerstrom‎

Mark WeldonMark Weldon…

He’s the man John Key picked to chair the “Summit on Employment” in 2009 (1)

He’s also the man John Key picked to lead The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal (2)

He’s also the man who used that position to breach the Bill of Rights Act and force “the advancement of religion” into the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust’s constitution (3)

And he’s the man Cameron Slater (Whaleoil) characterises as “allegedly a friend of John Key” (4)

Slater also asked on October 15 last year “Who will be the first (of many) casualties under Mark “I’m the boss” Weldon at Mediaworks?” with one commenter on that story saying “The man is a tyrant who doesn’t play nicely with others. Frankly, I love the idea of Weldon and John Campbell having to work together …” (5)

He’s also the man whom insiders were picking as a potential National Party candidate for the safe seat of Tamaki (6)

And he’s a man who praised John Key’s program of asset sales announced in 2011 as “bold, it was clear, it was early – and very positive…” and called those who were cautious about it “fearmongering”. That’s the same assets sales program that had to be drastically cut back and became something of an embarrassment to the government (7)

He’s the man who made a substantial personal gain ($6 million) as a result of Key’s asset sales announcement (8)

He’s also the man who, as CEO of the NZX, characterised those who voiced concerns about aspects of the Exchange’s operations as mentally ill (9)

He’s the man who’s already got rid of two of Mediaworks’s main financial watchdogs – chief financial officer Peter Crossan and company secretary and lawyer Claire Bradley (10)

He’s the man of whom blogger Cactus Kate (business lawyer and commentator Cathy Odgers) noted “Mediaworks currently does not employ anyone on your television or radio with a larger ego than Weldon, even Willie Jackson, Sean Plunket and Duncan Garner combined can’t compete” and that “NZX was the greatest reality soap opera in town under Weldon’s leadership, the casting couch of characters was enormous as disgruntled staff left and new bright eyed disciples were employed” (11)

He’s the man Odgers also described (in a blog post now deleted by referenced by another, also right wing, blogger) as a “weasel word corporate-welfared CEO…” and a “shallow self-promoting tool” (12)

He’s the man who said there was no conflict of interest in allowing the NZX to be the provider of NZX services, the supervisor of its members, a listed participant on its own exchange and the market regulator… a statement one broker described as “utter balderdash” (13)

Weldon was also appointed by Key, or one of his Ministers, the Capital Markets Development Taskforce in 2009/10; the Tax Working Group in 2009; and the Climate Change Leadership Forum in 2007 and the board of High Performance Sport New Zealand (2012) and the NZ Olympic Committee (2004 – 2006). Key gave him a QSO in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Now remember that Slater, Odgers and Cresswell are all considered right wingers. They’re certainly not the type of people who’d be found cheering John Campbell’s advocacy journalism on behalf of the less fortunate. Generally, you might expect them to be quite supportive of a man with Weldon’s background who’s chaired the NZX and is friends withe the Leader of the National Party.

(1) http://pundit.co.nz/content/the-weldon-factor
(2) http://www.johnkey.co.nz/index.php?url=archives%2F1162-Mark-Weldon-to-lead-Govt-Appeal.html
(3) http://norightturn.blogspot.co.nz/2011/03/against-government-promotion-of_18.html
(4) http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2012/05/what-the-national-party-needs-now/
(5) http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2014/10/earth-happening-inside-mediaworks/
(6) http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2011/10/weldon-for-tamaki/
(7) http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/4595769/Key-gambles-on-privatisation
(8) http://werewolf.co.nz/2011/09/ten-myths-about-asset-sales/
(9) http://www.odt.co.nz/news/business/57590/weldon-building-something-empire
(10) http://www.nzherald.co.nz/management/news/article.cfm?c_id=59&objectid=11375250
(11) http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2014/08/mediaworks-chopped-sold-bits/
(12) http://pc.blogspot.co.nz/2011/08/just-like-self-promoting-shallow-tools.html
(13) http://www.chrislee.co.nz/newsletter/display.php?list=2&year=2012&month=May

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2 thoughts on “Thirteen things you should know about Mark Weldon (CEO of Mediaworks), by Rex Widerstrom‎

  1. Yeah, the ratings were good – they’re being manipulated. The intent is to deceive, manipulate and dumb down the NZ public so be discerning guys ….
    NZ’s National government need to back off and quit meddling in matters which DO NOT CONCERN THEM – manipulating our media/public opinion, society, our public services and individuals to suit their personal agenda.
    Deceiving the public and manipulating public opinion is a HUGE deal guys – this is where it starts and we can expect to see threats to our national sovereignty from govt. Our ability to make INFORMED CHOICES and TO SELF-DETERMINE effectively is being stripped – THIS IS CORRUPTION GUYS!

    Campbell Live is NZ’s only prime time current affairs show and the idea of replacing it with a comedy or soap produced by media executive/National Party muppet Julie Christie is pathetic POLITICAL CORRUPTION AT WORK! Julie Christie, Mark Weldon, Hoskings, Henry (ridiculous self aggrandizing Kiwis) and the right.. . no-one here with journalistic investigation skills…
    Start showing your displeasure people and making BOLD STATEMENTS because this deception/manipulation is an assault on free speech in NZ. Tax payer money is being used to bail out private companies and then manipulate the news and current affairs, and John Key and his National Party are influencing and controlling NZ’s media management and mass media content.

    Our PM and his National Party muppets are pushing their weight and working class Kiwis around, and Kiwis should start making examples of those manipulating the system and public perception/opinion – John Key, Julie Christie, Mark Weldon, Hoskings … Paste their faces all over billboards telling them that NZ are aware – that we aren’t buying into their rubbish and to KNOCK IT OFF!! … Share this information and talk to your friends and family about what’s going on because Globalist John Key doesn’t want anyone between him, his party and their agenda for control of NZ, its resources or its people …
    This is the kind of Globalist NWO rubbish that is going on around the World, led by the Obama in the U.S. and Totalitarian Globalists in the U.K. and People (Global Collective) are being manipulated, abused and oppressed. This is the kind of crap that the National Party and their minions like Mark Weldon and Julie Christie, are trying to impose upon New Zealand and Kiwis. They’re having a go at telling Kiwis what we can and cannot view on television in regard to local current affairs/investigative journalism. GTFO – I don’t know about you, but I don’t give a fuck whether they like or approve of my television viewing choices or not!! OUR FREEWILL CHOICES BELONG TO US NZ, NOT TO THESE CLOWNS and we should start telling these Elitist Fatheads to pull their heads in and stfu!!
    Kiwis, get awareness… Do some research and check out how this has been playing out in the U.S./U.K. … and don’t let other people tell you what you can or cannot do!!! TELL JOHN KEY AND HIS NATIONAL PARTY MANIPULATORS/MINIONS TO GTFO!

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    Posted by Missi6 | April 12, 2015, 1:42 pm

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