A private phone call between Peter & Karl Stefanovic surreptitiously recorded by an Uber driver is reportedly being pushed for a sale to magazines.
Entertainment reporter Peter Ford said Peter Stefanovic took trip on the weekend and rang his brother in a “full and frank” conversation on speakerphone.
But the call was recorded by the driver who is said to be seeking to sell it to media. Industry chatter has been busily speculating about whether its contents are explosive or target colleagues.
The discussion of around 20 minutes included “a bit of moaning a bit of praise… you know it covers a whole spectrum of stuff.”
“I’ve had the details read to me. It’s just a bit embarrassing. It’s not like he’s seriously slagging off anybody but given, particularly in the case of Karl & Georgie Gardner, it’s a fairly testy relationship anyway,” Ford told 6PR.
“A lot of it is very nice stuff of Karl giving his brother career guidance and telling him what he should be doing. So it’s not all nasty.”
The recording of phone calls in New South Wales must include consent, but the law is much greyer when it comes to an eyewitness giving a first hand account of what they heard.
Updated: A spokesperson for Channel Nine told Daily Mail Australia: “We think it is pretty low to record a conversation without them knowing.
“We are not commenting on the story and of course it is illegal to report on a taped conversation that people don’t know about.”
Last year Nine News‘ Laurie Oakes reported the (off the record) details of Malcolm Turnbull mocking President Trump at the Mid-Winter Ball after an audio tape was leaked.
Update 2: Audio is said to have found a buyer who does not plan on publishing it.