TVNZ announces interim CEO to take over from resigning head Simon Power

Brent McAnulty will take over the role of interim CEO at TVNZ.
Brent McAnulty will take over the role of interim CEO at TVNZ. Photo credit: TVNZ

TVNZ has announced its interim chief executive officer after Simon Power revealed he was stepping down after just one year in the job.

A statement from TVNZ's Board of Directors confirmed the head of TVNZ's legal and corporate affairs team Brent McAnulty will step into the role of interim CEO.

McAnulty will begin the job on July 1 when Power officially departs.

McAnulty has been with TVNZ for nearly 14 years.

TVNZ's chair Andy Coupe said they welcomed the "continuity Brent's appointment will provide the organisation". 

"Brent's long tenure and broad experience within TVNZ will ensure a seamless leadership transition for the business."

It was announced in April that Power was leaving the state broadcaster on June 30 after the merger with RNZ was scrapped. It's believed Power had been eyeing the position of CEO of the combined media company post-merger.

"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 at the time.

"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."