SKY News will no longer be broadcast by Melbourne public transport group Metro Trains following a community backlash over an extremist interview earlier this week.
It had been seen on Melbourne underground screens.
Jacinta Allan, Victoria’s transport minister, revealed in a tweet she made the order.
— Jacinta Allan (@JacintaAllanMP) August 8, 2018
SKY News is also broadcast at train stations across the Sydney transport network, but a spokeswoman for the NSW transport minister Andrew Constance said the state would not be following Victoria’s lead.
“NSW will not be changing what’s aired on train platforms,” she told The Guardian.
American Express, Huggies and Specsavers have also pulled advertising amid a social media campaign by activist group Sleeping Giants Oz.
Fairfax has reported former SKY News boss Greg Byrnes belatedly admitted he gave the go-ahead to interview Blair Cottrell because he thought his controversial views would be challenged on air.
“Yes, regretfully, it was my error,” he said.
“The company undertook a review and advised me of an immediate change to the editorial structure.”
Following an investigation Byrnes was appointed to the newly-created role of Acting Program Director and Kaycie Bradford became Acting News Director.
The Adam Giles Show has been suspended pending an internal review.