Channel 7 staff have been cleared of leaking viral footage of Rebecca Maddern and Mike Amor after investigators recognized a key element.
There’s been a serious improvement in Seven’s investigation into the offender behind leaked footage of newsreaders Mike Amor and Rebecca Maddern slamming tennis star Novak Djokovic on Wednesday.
As reported by The Australian, all Channel 7 staff have been cleared of leaking the savage hot mic recording, with an exterior firm recognized because the supply as a result of one key element within the video.
The video noticed Maddern and Amor repeatedly known as Djokovic an “a***hole”.
“Whatever way you look at it, Novak Djokovic is a lying, sneaky a***hole,” Maddern mentioned.
“That’s it, I mean he’s an arsehole. He got a bulls*** f*****g excuse and then fell over his own f*****g lies. It’s just what happens, right, that’s what happened,” Amor mentioned.
As hypothesis swirled surrounding who might be behind the leak — from theories it was a disgruntled colleague, mischievous audio director or even a sneaky PR ploy — Seven’s inside investigators honed in on one small element within the recording, main them to caption firm Ai-Media, which offers captions for the arduous of listening to as required by laws.
The Australian experiences high-level discussions have occurred between Seven and Ai-Media, after a timestamp seen within the footage – which doesn’t seem on inside Seven video outputs – led bosses to the corporate.
According to the publication, workers interviews and thorough IT community tracing is underway to find out who recorded and distributed the video. Ai-Media chief govt Tony Abrahams is reportedly main the investigation.
On Wednesday morning, Seven Network Director of News and Public Affairs, Craig McPherson, mentioned in a press release: “The illegal recording was of a private conversation between two colleagues.
“It was an underhanded, cowardly act in breach of the Victorian Listening Devices legislation the perpetrator of which will be accordingly dealt with when found.”
Channel 7 managing director Lewis Martin adopted up on 3AW radio with the peace of mind that it was “being looked at thoroughly”.
“We are going to have an outcome. What has happened here is illegal.”
It is known the investigation can be finalised as we speak.