New text messages reveal the Broadcasting Minister and RNZ's former Head of News had pre-arranged their controversial meeting for weeks.

Carol Hirschfeld repeatedly told her bosses that the meeting was a chance encounter, but text messages between her and Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran reveal another story.

While Hirschfeld has resigned, Curran says she doesn't plan on stepping down.

“In hindsight, I probably would have thought should I probably have brought someone else along to the meeting. It was just breakfast, literally breakfast and a chat. But ultimately ministers have meetings all the time.”

Carol Hirschfeld refused to comment on the latest revelations.

The government has earmarked $38 million in taxpayer money to establish a new television station at Radio NZ.

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