On Q & A last night Barry Humphries hit out at A Current Affair‘s plan to air an interview with a Sydney escort, over the Craig Thomson affair.
“I deplore…. moving on to another theme…. a famous television network like Nine and their actions in paying a prostitute an amount money like that to, sort of, sing like a canary,” he said.
It drew him to remark on an earlier ACA story, although he appeared to overlook the fact both stories were from the one show.
“In the same way as another well-known television magazine programme, door-stopped my friend Clive James quite recently and produced some floozy and humiliated him in the street. They flew this woman across the world for this deplorable, disgraceful piece of television. Something serious is happening.
“And there is a thing called the Press Council which seems absolutely impotent. I mean all they did was ‘tut tut’ over that and meanwhile we have to put up with this fellow, Craig Thomson, who admittedly looks devastated. So he should, I think.”
However, Humphries’ reference to the Press Council is incorrect regarding ACA which falls under ACMA’s watch when there is a formal complaint.
His comments followed Media Watch also criticising ACA‘s plans, last night.
Jonathan Holmes said that paying $60,000 to the woman to remember one client among potentially hundreds from seven years ago was highly contentious, especially if her identity was to be concealed.