‘Do better’: Rowland’s message to media outlets following Darren Wick allegation

URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL URL

Communications Minister Michelle Rowland has called on all media outlets to “do a better job” of handling internal complaints after allegations emerged that former Nine Network news chief Darren Wick behaved inappropriately towards a member of staff.

Mr Wick, Channel Nine’s recently departed head of news and current affairs, left the broadcaster on March 15 after a colleague made a formal complaint against him.

Responding to the allegations on Sunday, Ms Rowland said all media companies must follow internal policies when dealing with allegations of poor workplace conduct.

“The media sector has been highlighted in recent years as an area that needs improvement. I say that as someone who works in a profession where standards also need to be raised,” Ms Rowland told Sky News.

“It is the duty of all institutions, all companies, including the company in question, to do better – to be transparent in conducting their investigations.

“We want good people to come into the sector to support the fourth estate, which is an important pillar of our democracy, and I hope that the processes involved will be crucial in this case.”

Nine Entertainment CEO Mike Sneesby, who cut short a vacation in the US to address the matter, has since urged Nine employees to contact the company with complaints about inappropriate behavior.

“Many of you will have seen external media over the past few days drawing attention to our internal processes and policies regarding complaints about workplace conduct,” Mr Sneesby wrote in an internal email.

“Everyone at Nine needs to know that we do not tolerate inappropriate behaviour in the workplace. We want to know when inappropriate behaviour occurs so it can be addressed promptly.”

In an interview on Sky News this week, an unnamed Nine presenter claimed that Mr Wick sexually harassed her at the Logie Awards.

“On the dance floor at the Gold Coast Logies after-party he groped me, his hands everywhere and he was breathing heavily in my ear, I had to pull him away,” she said.

“Any other man I would have kicked or pushed, but he was my boss.”

Mr Wick had worked for the network for more than 25 years.

Leave a Comment