Sky News sacks Mark Latham and refuses to say whether Outsiders will remain on air

Sky News has sacked presenter Mark Latham.

The News Corp owned station announced the ending of Latham’s contract on-air this afternoon.

The sacking came after the outspoken commentator picked several on-air fights, including attacking fellow Sky News contributor Kristina Keneally  and broadcaster Wendy Harmer. But the issue reached boiling point this week when footage emerged from a show of a few weeks ago in which Latham labelled a schoolboy speaking up for feminism as “gay”

Sky News political editor David Speers told viewers: “Sky News has ended the contract of contributor Mark Latham. This follows a number of controversies in relation to his comments around Kirsitina Keneally, Wendy Harmer and indeed the story that’s been doing the rounds on a lot of news sites today in relation to some Sydney boys, high school students and a video the recorded for International Women’s Day.”

Latham has been co-presenting the right wing Sunday morning commentary show Outsiders along with Ross Cameron and former adman Rowan Dean.

Outsiders: Cameron, Dean and the now-axed Latham.

In response to Mumbrella’s question whether Outsiders would still be on air this Sunday without Latham, Sky News emailed the following statement: “Sky News has terminated the contract of Mark Latham effective today (Wednesday March 29, 2017).”

The statement concluded: “There will be no further comment.”


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