MediaWorks director of talk Dallas Gurney resigns as Today FM approaches one year birthday

Dallas Gurney arms folded and smiling
Dallas Gurney who helped build and launch Today FM has resigned from MediaWorks. Photo credit: Supplied

The man who helped build Today FM has resigned from MediaWorks just one day before the station celebrates its first birthday.

Dallas Gurney will be leaving the company in May, an internal email by MediaWorks Interim CEO Wendy Palmer announced to employees.

"I wanted to let you know that Dallas Gurney has resigned from his role as Director of News and Talk at MediaWorks and will be leaving the business in May," the email said.

"Dallas joined MediaWorks in September 2021 bringing his extensive radio experience to build a new talk platform. As Today FM clocks up its one year anniversary, Dallas has decided the time has come to move onto his next career challenge.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dallas for his contribution to MediaWorks and recognise the leadership skills he brought to the business. I know he will be missed by all at Today FM, the executive team and the wider company."

Today FM launched on March 21, 2022.

Prior to taking the job with MediaWorks, Gurney was the editor-in-chief and general manager of Newstalk ZB and Radio Sport.

During his career he has won 12 New Zealand Radio Awards.

Gurney's news comes nearly one month after MediaWorks chief executive Cam Wallace resigned.

Wallace stepped down from his role at the end of February and had left the company just weeks after.

The former Air New Zealand executive led the company, which owns radio brands including Today FM, The Rock, The Breeze and More FM, for two years.

Wallace's resignation came after MediaWorks said in January it intended to axe up to 90 roles to try and cut costs.

There are also changes taking place with the company's board.

"I would also like to announce further changes to the Board of Directors. Wayne Stevenson will step down from the board given the reduced likelihood of an IPO (Initial Public Offering) in the near term. Wayne joined the Board in 2019 following the merger with QMS NZ. 

"He became Chair following the release of the Workplace Review in 2021 and has helped us make considerable progress on implementing the cultural change programme. The Board of Directors now consists of representatives from our Shareholders, QMS Media and Oaktree Capital."