MediaWorks begins independent workplace review after harassment allegations

Radio company MediaWorks has begun a company-wide review, a week after allegations of serious misconduct by an employee at The Rock radio station.
Maria Dew QC has been appointed to carry out an independent workplace review, MediaWorks announced on Friday.

The investigation was sparked by social media posts this week accusing an unnamed radio employee of sexual harassment. Industry sources have confirmed the allegations.

Chief executive Cam Wallace said it will be a thorough review into past and current workplace culture and practices.

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This is a difficult time for the industry, but we are taking action, he said.

The terms of reference for the investigation are still being determined, but Wallace said MediaWorks will share the observations and recommendations from the review.

One industry worker has described The Rock station as "a tornado of toxic masculinity".

She told Stuff the employee had made sexualised comments to her on numerous occasions, and she remained "terrified" of potential repercussions from speaking out. The woman was one of those whose comments were posted on social media.

Another source with knowledge of the culture at The Rock claimed the employee's behaviour was well-known at MediaWorks.

The Rock radio station logo.

Last week, an Instagram social media account set up in the wake of a Stuff investigation into the Aotearoa/New Zealand music industry published anonymised allegations about the employee.

The post included "four different accounts of the same radio station and its [employee]".

One of the accounts alleged an employee it called "XXXX" had been "forever creeping people out and that its gross watching his behaviour and how accepted it is.

Another accuses the man of saying "some really sexually aggressive things to me" and that she "would not be comfortable being alone with him.

Announcing the review, Wallace said the executive team and board were committed to ensuring MediaWorks is a safe place to work.

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