Report: Caption company investigating Seven leak
Sydney / Melbourne-based caption company is now investigating Amor / Maddern leak.
Closed caption company Ai-Media is investigating the leak of vision in which Seven News anchors Mike Amor and Rebecca Maddern discussed the border farce around tennis player Novak Djokovic.
That conversation has since drawn international headlines including the Washington Post, NY Post, South China Morning Post, The Mirror, Times of India, and more.
The Australian reports Ai-Media chief executive Tony Abrahams is leading an internal investigation into whether the company was involved in the recording and / or distribution of the vision.
The timestamp on the video is understood not to be visible on internal Seven video outputs.
Seven execs described the frank conversation as “private” and its distribution as “illegal”, potentially in breach of the Victorian Listening Devices legislation (this remains unclear).
The Sydney / Melbourne-based company provides closed captions for several networks, including Seven since 2016 and Nine since 2013 and contracts clearly entail confidentiality. 10, SBS and Foxtel use RedBee Media.
Yesterday Seven Melbourne managing director Lewis Martin told 3AW, “We’ve got some very experienced broadcast operations, people looking into how this would have got out and yes, we’re taking this very, very seriously. It’s a legal matter, it’s a private conversation, which was illegally recorded and distributed. And so from my perspective, from the executive perspective, and speaking to James Warburton and Craig McPherson we are taking this very, very seriously. And this investigation is going to be very thorough.”
He added, ‘Everybody will speculate, I think speculation threats any sort of investigation like this. I like to wait to see how the how the facts, pan out and it’ll take might not take as long as we think, by the way.”