Outsiders presenters apologise for handling of Leyonhjelm’s attack on Sarah Hanson-Young

The presenters of Sky News show Outsiders, Rowan Dean and Ross Cameron, have issued an on-air apology over their handling of comments made by Senator David Leyonhjelm about the sex life of Greens politician Sarah Hanson-Young.

The apology came a day after Dean smirked on camera as Leyonhjelm discussed “rumours” in Parliament about Hanson-Young “shagging men”.

At the time Dean laughed at Leyonhjelm’s comments

On Sunday, Sky News, owned by News Corp, apologised in a statement and suspended a producer after the allegation was also repeated via an on-screen caption. The caption was up for much of the 17-minute interview, alternating with another featuring Leyonhjelm calling on alpha males to stand up for themselves.

During the broadcast, Leyonhjelm’s comments were not challenged, while Dean openly smirked at what was being said.

On Monday night, Sky News put Dean and Cameron back on air to apologise.

Dean said: “This program is called Outsiders. We tackle stories the mainstream media tends to avoid with observations which are not always popular.

“There is a line which shouldn’t be crossed and yesterday that line was crossed.”

Cameron added: “Rowan and I responded perhaps later than would have been ideal in dissociating ourselves from unverified rumour and innuendo. We issued an apology to Senator Hanson Young. That apology is sincerely made by Rowan and I.”

“We could have and should have handled it better. We will do better.”

Before reinventing himself as a political commentator, Dean was executive creative director of ad agency Euro RSCG, now Havas. Cameron is a former Liberal politician.

The row has also triggered a petition calling on Qantas to stop airing Sky News in its lounges. At the time of posting, the petition had received nearly 9,000 backers.

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