Sunrise presenter David Koch among critics over Schapelle interview payout

The Seven Network’s is remaining tightlipped on its rumoured multimillion dollar payout to convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby after it was publicly criticised by Sunrise host David Koch this morning with one of its producers in Bali have also allegedly voicing their disapproval of the deal.

As Mumbrella reported yesterday, the Seven network is rumoured to have paid $1m to $3m for an exclusive first interview with Corby after Sunday Night reporter Mike Willesee whisked her away to a secret location after she was released from prison.

This morning Koch told viewers of Sunrise he and his wife had argued about the ethics of the deal sparking a debate with co-host Samantha Armytage and among Sunrise viewers.

Mumbrella has been told by rival networks in Bali one Seven producer had said any deal would “lower the tone of the network” on Sunday, sugesting the deal had been kept top-secret by the company.

Today Koch said: “I reckon we should have nothing to do with her as a network. Totally disagree with paying a convicted drug smuggler $2m.”

Armytage responded: “Too late for that.”

She went on to say she would like to watch the interview and hear about her time in jail, but Koch continued: “I know Indonesia’s corrupt and all that sort of stuff, but she was convicted, so why pay the money?”

It is understood other networks vying for the interview had not been given the opportunity to present their offers to the family, before Seven’s exclusive was secured.

Seven has declined to comment on the network’s response to the criticisms.

 Megan Reynolds


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