New Zealand FM confirms Indian complaint against TVNZ presenter (2)

08:44, October 08, 2010      

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The Indian Government has summoned New Zealand's High Commissioner in Delhi to complain about what it says was the Television New Zealand presenter's ridiculing of the surname of Sheila Dikshit.

India said Henry deliberately mispronounced and ridiculed the surname of Dikshit while presenting the Breakfast program last week.

Henry erupted into fits of laughter every time he made remarks about her name.

Henry has already been suspended for separate remarks he made about the New Zealand Governor-General this week.

One of New Zealand's largest supermarket groups said it will closely monitor its advertising on Television New Zealand as a result of Henry's comments.

Progressive Enterprises, which owns the Countdown, Foodtown and Woolworths chains, said, that like many New Zealanders, it felt offended by Henry's comments about the Governor General Anand Satyanand.

The company has a sponsorship agreement with TVNZ for the Masterchef series.

It said its advertising will continue in the meantime, but it will closely watch the issue and placement of its commercials.

Source: Xinhua
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