TVNZ chief executive Simon Power quits after one year in the job

Simon Power smiling in the TVNZ hallway
Simon Power will leave TVNZ in June. Photo credit: TVNZ

TVNZ chief executive Simon Power has announced he's leaving the state broadcaster after just one year in the top role.

He will depart the company on June 30, TVNZ said in a statement on Tuesday afternoon.

"It's been a privilege to lead TVNZ while the business worked its way through the public media policy debate. This has been a tough decision to make, but it feels like the right time to finish," he said.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at TVNZ. It's been exciting, it's been challenging, and it's been incredibly rewarding. Most of all, I've loved getting to know and working alongside the talented and enthusiastic people that make Te Reo Tātaki such a special place to be a part of."

Power succeeded Kevin Kenrick in March 2022 after being announced in the top job in December 2021.

He led the state broadcaster through the failed merger with RNZ, which was scrapped in February this year by Prime Minister Chris Hipkins as part of a policy refocus.

Work on the proposed $370 million merger of Television New Zealand (TVNZ) and Radio New Zealand (RNZ) ground to a halt in February as the Government looked to address the ongoing cost of living crisis in Aotearoa. At the time, Hipkins said support for public media "needs to be at a lower cost and without such significant structural change".

It's believed Power had been eyeing the position of CEO of the combined media company post-merger.

Chairman of TVNZ's board Andy Coupe paid tribute to Power's work with the company.

"Simon joined TVNZ with a public media merger proposed. His strong leadership through the uncertainty that followed ensured the business remained highly engaged, ready to embrace new opportunities and focused on delivering for audiences and advertisers regardless of the outcome," he said.

TVNZ said the search for a replacement would begin in "due course".