Details surrounding sacking of Seven reporter revealed

Details surrounding the sacking of Seven reporter, Robert Ovadia, have been revealed.

On Friday, the network’s crime reporter and occasional newsreader confirmed that he was let go after over 23 years following allegations of “inappropriate conduct”.

According to The Australian, as well as emails exchanged with a former female employee four years ago,  Ovadia reportedly sent an image of a penis to a male colleague who asked the newsroom for “dick pics”, relating to coverage of child sex charges made against former Australian swim coach, Dick Caine.

While no complaint was made about the image, it’s reported that the incident was yet another blemish on Ovadia’s record following the emails that he sent.

Ovadia, who has recruited high profile lawyer John Laxon to defend the sacking, is reportedly so affected by his firing that he said he may walk away from journalism for good.

“I’ve been advised not to talk about my case so I won’t, but if you’re asking whether I’ll be returning to journalism? No, I don’t think so,” Ovadia said.

The news comes after a string of controversies that Seven has endured in recent times, including an expenses scandal investigation and a former Spotlight producer claiming the media giant paid for drugs, sex workers and more to secure an interview with Bruce Lehrmann.

Amidst the controversies, then-CEO James Warburton stepped down effectively immediately and was replaced by Jeff Howard.

Seven declined to comment when contacted by Mumbrella.


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