Adam Boland memoir rushed into stores despite Seven court action

Boland bookThe memoir of Adam Boland has been rushed into bookstores despite court action instigated by Boland’s former employer the Seven Network to get hold of the book prior to publication.

Titled Brekky Central, the memoir will detail Boland’s time in breakfast television, especially as the executive producer of the Sunrise show, and it is understood Seven is concerned Boland, who was a key player in the turnaround of the breakfast program, could be in breach of a confidentiality agreement with the network over elements of the book.

In a statement issued this afternoon, Boland’s publisher Melbourne University Press CEO Louise Alder said: “We take our mandate seriously: to publish books that are in the public interest.

“In the fine tradition of independent publishing in Australia, we don’t yield to pressure from commercial operators with deep pockets and a heightened sensitivity to stories about their own industry while intruding into the lives of private citizens with breathtaking insouciance.

“We continue to support Adam Boland as we do all our authors and the right to tell their fascinating stories.”

A directions hearing was scheduled for Friday although MUP’s action in publishing appears to make the court action moot.

A spokesman for Seven declined to comment.

Miranda Ward

Update: A spokesman for Seven has put out a statement saying: “Seven was successful in obtaining court orders to prevent further sales until we read the book to check there no breach of confidentiality and now that we have read it we have found there is nothing in it so have decided not to continue with further legal proceedings.

“Adam Boland has agreed with Seven to discontinue the proceedings with no order as to costs.”


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