TVNZ chief executive Kevin Kenrick has spoken about the tough week for staff at the broadcaster after learning about the death of colleague Greg Boyed.

Boyed died suddenly while on a family holiday in Switzerland with his wife and young son on Monday, 20 August.

He had been battling depression.

"It has been a very, very challenging week for everyone here at TVNZ," Kenrick said today.

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The Herald understands TVNZ and Air New Zealand are working together to help bring Boyed's body back to New Zealand.

Kenrick declined to comment on this suggestion out of respect for the family's request for privacy.

Asked if the state broadcaster would be doing more to support its staff, Kenrick said it absolutely would be.

"I think this is something that has profoundly affected us as an organisation."

He said the situation would bring the people at TVNZ together more tightly as a group and more would be done to support people and "recognise this is a people-driven industry."

TVNZ staff had conducted a karakia to remember Boyed in the newsroom.

Heartbroken 💔 You were so loved my darling friend 😭

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People from around New Zealand have expressed their shock and sadness at Boyed's sudden death.

TVNZ's Head of News and Current Affairs, John Gillespie, said the news has come to a huge shock to all at TVNZ.

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"Greg was a prominent figure in our newsroom for the last 25 years. He was a wonderful man and a talented broadcaster who strongly believed in the power and importance of journalism in people's lives. Greg was known for his warmth and kindness. It's a very personal loss for us.

"Greg will be missed by us, he will be missed by our colleagues in the wider industry and he'll be missed by our viewers. Our thoughts are with Greg's whānau and friends."

His family released a statement saying he will be deeply missed.

"He was absolutely loved and adored. A treasured son, brother, husband and father, he will be deeply missed.

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