SKY News sacks Mark Latham
A barrage of criticism after multiple offensive comments prompts SKY News to act.
SKY News has sacked Mark Latham following his comments about a Sydney high school student’s sexuality.
Latham described teenagers involved in a video about International Women’s Day “d***heads” and said: “I thought the first guy was gay.”
It was the latest in a round of controversies for the Outsiders presenter who had been the subject of complaints from SKY News presenter Kristina Keneally and ABC Radio host Wendy Harmer.
SKY News chief executive officer Angelo Frangopoulos tweeted this afternoon:
Political editor David Speers said the termination was effective immediately.
Those lining up to condemn Latham’s conduct included Labor leader Bill Shorten, Deputy leader Tanya Plibersek, federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham and his NSW counterpart, Rob Stokes.
In 2015 he was criticised for comments on Nine’s failed series The Verdict, and fell out with Fairfax Media. He still contributes to the Daily Telegraph.