Sussan Turner resigns from MediaWorks

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MediaWorks Group Chief Executive Officer, Sussan Turner has resigned after 30 years with the company.

Ms Turner has headed New Zealand’s largest media organisation for four-and-a-half years, and guided the company through last year’s receivership and debt restructuring.

Announcing Ms Turner’s resignation today, MediaWorks Chair Rod McGeoch praised her performance.

“Sussan has successfully navigated the company through one of its most challenging times,” he says. “We’ve come out the other side with a restored balance sheet and a stellar trading performance across the Group this year.”

Mr McGeoch says the company is now in far better shape.

“Sussan has been an integral part of the business for many years. She has built up an excellent team and will be sorely missed by her staff.”

Sussan Turner began her radio career as a cadet journalist in Dunedin in 1984 and rose to become Managing Director of Radio Otago, a publicly listed company, before she was 30. Through ownership changes, amalgamations and acquisitions, she has effectively worked continuously for the same company for her whole career.

“I have had a wonderful career in the media business,” Turner said today. “It has been an honour and a privilege to lead MediaWorks. This company is blessed with wonderful staff, who are creative, passionate and determined. I wish them, the shareholders, and the Board all the very best.”

Ms Turner said she was looking forward to her first real break from work, and will consider future career opportunities after that.

She heads overseas on a planned family holiday this week, and will leave MediaWorks in August.

Mr McGeoch said the Board is actively seeking a replacement.

Lou Vincent’s tell all interview screens tonight

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Lou Vincent was once one of New Zealand’s most exciting cricketers, but now he is world-renowned as a cheat.

Tonight he sits down with 3rd Degree’s Paula Penfold to explain and confess: how he did it, why he did it and how he can live with himself.

“I’m here today being completely, honestly truthful about my experiences because I hated it. It was the worst, most character-destroying… I’ve got a conscience and my conscience is as a good person and one that cares and I don’t want to be a fake anymore. I don’t want to be remembered for a cheat.”

He tells of the ploy to get him into the match-fixing business; the demands made on him to underperform; the gangland-style method of collecting his money; and how he’s rebuilding his life through new love.

“It’s one of the most intriguing interviews we have ever done; his complete candour, his deep remorse, his determination for the full truth to be exposed,” says Penfold.

This exclusive interview on New Zealand’s biggest ever sporting scandal and the human frailty behind it, watch 3rd Degree on Wednesday at 8.40pm.