TVNZ has confirmed that chief executive Kevin Kenrick is its highest paid employee, on about $1.1 million a year.

The state broadcaster had not previously explicitly identified what Kenrick earned.

In keeping with the pay disclosure practices followed by the country's listed companies, it had revealed only the number of employees who earned over $100,000, in salary bands of $10,000.

For example, TVNZ's last annual report said 48 current employees earned between $100,000 -$110,000 in the year to June 2015.

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It disclosed that two of its staff earned between $560,000-$570,000 over that period and that one employee earned between $640,000-$650,000.

The highest paid employee in that list earned between $1.10m-$1.11m for the year.

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