Sky News boss hits back over government ban as advertiser boycott widens

Sky News boss Angelos Frangopoulos has hit out at the Victorian government over bans imposed on the embattled channel following an interview with agitator and white supremacist Blair Cottrell.

Yesterday, the fallout from the interview continued with Australia Post confirming it was the latest brand to pull advertising from the station.

Australia Post joins American Express, pharmaceutical giant GSK, travel firm Luxury Escapes and Terry White Chemists who have abandoned the channel over the past week.

The ban on Sky News being shown at Melbourne train stations was imposed last week by Victorian state minister Jacinta Allen who said; “hatred and racism have no place on our screens or in our community”.

Following the interview Sky News apologised for the segment, suspended The Adam Giles show, appointed production staff to supervise weekend programming and started a review of the station’s editorial process.

The Cottrell interview was the latest in a series of gaffes by the station. Previously the network came under fire for a  Sky News guest Senator David Leyonhjelm repeating a slur he made against fellow parliamentarian Sarah Hanson-Young.

The reaction to the Leyonhjelm interview saw the campaign step up pressure on Qantas to remove Sky News from its lounges. Currently the petition has over 33,000 signatures.

Rival Airline Virgin Australia has indicated it is looking into complaints about Sky News being broadcast in its frequent flyer lounges.

Frangopoulos said the Victorian government’s ban were a political stunt ahead of the state elections later this year, the Sydney Daily Telegraph reported.

“I am angry, very angry. This channel is being used for political purposes,” Frangopoulos said.

“We’re to report and take part in the conversation, not to be used as a political football to assist in political aims by a government.”

Frangopoulos claimed there had been no complaints to APN Outdoor about the coverage, adding: “What the Victorian government did is an absolute outrage. They acted without consultation with anyone based on information they acquired on social media.”

As the boycott widens, other News Corp outlets joined in the defending the embattled network with Herald Sun cartoonist Mark Knight depicting the minister turning off the Sky News screens at a station while black figures rioted in the background.

Mumbrella has contacted Sky News and Australia Post for comment.


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