Investigation launched into "illegally" leaked footage of Australian TV presenters slamming Novak Djokovic
In the viral clip, the presenters can be heard calling Djokovic an "arsehole".
The controversy surrounding Novak Djokovic's Australia border control mess continues as footage of two news presenters on a prominent TV station criticising the tennis player has leaked online.
In the clip which has gone viral, 7 News anchors Mike Amor and Rebecca Maddern can be seen during an off-air studio exchange weighing in on the ongoing saga.
"Whatever way you look at it, Novak Djokovic is a lying, sneaky, arsehole," Maddern is heard stating.
Amor responded: "He is an arsehole," before adding: "He got a bulls**t fu**ing excuse and then fell over his own fu**ing lies which is what happens, right? That's what's happened."
The pair then go on to question the Australian authorities' handling of the situation.
“Novak Djokovic is a lying, sneaky arsehole, whatever way you look at it…” Off-air footage of Australian news anchors Mike Amor and Rebecca Maddern giving their thoughts on the Djokovic saga leaked #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/GR2GYdJ4C8
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Appearing on 3AW, Seven Melbourne managing director Lewis Martin said he had spoken to Maddern and that she was "incredibly apologetic" but added: "At the end of the day, it's a private conversation."
"They know this from a broadcasting perspective... the mic is always on," he explained.
"But in this instance, it doesn't mean that they are not entitled to have a private conversation and nor should they think that it's being recorded and it's being distributed."
Martin said an investigation into the recording and distribution of the footage has commenced and is well-advanced.
"It's a private conversation. It's been illegally recorded and it's been illegally distributed," he stated.
"I can assure you that we won't be leaving any stone unturned to find out how it's happened.
"We're going to be looking very thoroughly through what's happened here.
"We've got broadcast operations people that are looking at this from last night."
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