Peter Jackson 'mortified' over journalist's blacklisting

Sir Peter Jackson was "mortified" to hear that a journalist was blacklisted from covering The Hobbit premiere for writing too many negative stories about the movie.

Radio New Zealand reporter Cushla Norman had her pass to cover the film reinstated this morning after being told yesterday by a publicist for Roadshow Film Distributors that she had been cut.

The publicist told her she had written too many negative stories on the film.

"[Sir] Peter and [his wife] Fran are both mortified," WingNut Films spokesman Matt Dravitzki told Radio New Zealand this morning.

"As I said, the filmmakers, the producers and the studio would never do this to any journalist or ask that credentials be revoked."

Radio NZ was told another journalist could attend the film but the public broadcaster said it would not be dictated to and refused to replace Norman at the premiere.

The decision was made this morning for her accreditation to be reinstated.

Mr Dravitzki said it had not been good publicity for the film.

"We think it is an error and certainly a very regrettable one," he said.

"That's why we're taking steps to make sure this is remedied immediately."

Norman earlier this week covered allegations animals were mistreated during the filming of The Hobbit trilogy.

 

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