A search warrant has been executed on TV3, following an exclusive interview with a man purported to be the thief of the Waiouru war medials. John Cambpell, who conducted the interview, was questioned by police following the interview run on Thursday night. Mark Jennings, TV3’s Head of News and Current Affairs, refused to divulge the network’s source.
“We are not a law enforcement agency, we are a media organisation… Our job is to make sure news gets to people and that we look under every rock we can.”
He says the network undertook thorough checks to make sure the man was one of the people who broke into the museum, dismissing criticism from member of parliament Peter Dunne, and others, that it was conspiring with criminals. He also responded to criticism from other media organisations, labelling it a case of “professional jealousy”.
Detectives spent two hours at the TV network, leaving with a copy of the interview – voiced by an actor in order to protect the subject’s identity, a move strongly criticised by some commentators. Associate Professor Jim Tully from Canterbury University accused the network of deception.
He said that the way the interview was described constitutes “an element of deception”, going on to say a “news organisation depends on its credibility, and being deceptive risks that credibility”.
The interview was conducted using a dictaphone, before being re-recorded by an actor. The original recording has since been destroyed, according to TV3.