Foxtel spokesman: Australia’s Next Top Muddle was Sarah Murdoch’s error

Sarah_Murdoch_ANTM mumbrellaFoxtel this morning said that Sarah Murdoch made the mistake that led to the wrong winner being announced on the live final of Australia’s Next Top Model on Fox 8 last night.

The comments by Foxtel’s director of publicity Jamie Campbell contradict Murdoch’s statement on the show last night that she had been fed the wrong name.

Speaking on Sky News this morning, Campbell said: “To be honest it was the perils of live TV and miscommunication between the directors in the truck in the controlroom out the back at Luna Park and between Sarah on stage. Sarah wasn’t given the right information or didn’t hear the right information and as a result Kelsey’s name was announced.”

He was then pushed by the presenter: “Was she given the wrong information or did she mishear the information?”

Campbell then said:

“Look, as it turned out she was given information that was written on a card in front of her off the stage and at the time she’d previously been given the name Kelsey because earlier on in the night Kelsey was the first person to be put through after Sophie was eliminated.

“So in the heat of the moment in live TV with 2000 people in the audience Kelsey’s name was read out and it was just the wrong name.”

In the live show, which took place at Luna Park in Sydney, Kelsey Martinovich was announced as the winner and had time to give an acceptance speech before Murdoch – who was also an executive producer of the show – revealed that Amanda Ware was the real winner.

Update: Foxtel has insisted that it does not think Murodch was to blame. It issued another statement saying:

“FOXTEL has today re-stated it has accepted the explanation given by the producers of Australia’s Next Top Model that there was a communication breakdown last night when the series’ winner was announced.

“In live television, mistakes can happen and we accept that fact,” said FOXTEL Executive Director of Television Brian Walsh. “Sarah was simply not given the correct information at that stage of the proceedings.

“FOXTEL is not blaming any individual, and certainly not Sarah Murdoch, as some reports have suggested. That is not true. Sarah dealt with a very difficult situation with grace, dignity and professionalism.

“We do understand the interest this has generated as a news story but hope the focus will shift to the new careers of Amanda Ware, Kelsey Martinovich and all the girls who have made this series of Australia’s Next Top Model our most successful ever.”


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