A SKY News program that drew a big protest due to an interview with far right extremist Blair Cottrell has been listed in the line-up of WIN television’s fresh channel.
The Adam Giles Show is among several productions described as “the premium Sky News offering” that will become available on the free-to-air WIN channel 83 from 6am on September 2.
However, on Monday afternoon Australian News Channel chief executive Angelos Frangopoulos said Cottrell’s appearance on the show on Sunday night had prompted a change in the show’s status.
“The Adam Giles Show will be in recess as we implement...new processes and review the production format and structure of the program,” he said.
Other programs to be on Sky News on WIN feature newspaper columnist Andrew Bolt, former prime ministerial chief of staff Peta Credlin and ex-senator Graham Richardson.
Paul Murray Live, which aired from Wangaratta, during the 2016 federal election campaign, also features.
Mr Frangopoulos said WIN News reports would be incorporated in early morning programming.
“We are excited to announce our program line-up for Sky News on WIN including the launch of Headline News which will provide viewers with a snapshot of the news they need to know for the day ahead, featuring for the first time in a breakfast show, content from across regional Australia thanks to the resources of WIN News,” he said.
The joint venture between Sky and WIN was first announced just other two months ago.
Earlier, Sky’s news director Greg Byrnes stated it was “wrong” to have Cottrell, a convicted criminal who protested a mosque in Bendigo, on Giles’ show, with his stations’ presenters were among those critical of the decision.