Sky News presenters withdraw from media investigation
Sky News presenters Rowan Dean, Alan Jones and Rita Panahi withdrew from the Senate media inquiry on Monday, according to committee chair Sarah Hanson-Young.
The investigation is reuniting to consider YouTube’s temporary ban on Sky News Australia for violating its Covid disinformation policy, after it was delayed due to Covid restrictions in ACT.
“They didn’t provide any explanation for the refusal to appear,” Hanson-Young said. “Curiously, their responses to the committee’s invitation were nearly identical.”
Hanson-Young said she was disappointed that Lachlan Murdoch declined an invitation to attend.
“Frankly, it’s no surprise that Murdoch doesn’t want to answer questions related to News Corp’s influence in the Australian media landscape, or talk to journalism standards and news accuracy through the Murdoch family news network,” he said. .
“There are a lot of questions for the Sky boss [Paul] Whittaker on Monday, and I can’t wait to hear his explanation on how even the original broadcast of dangerous misinformation and lies about Covid has been allowed ”.
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