It took all day but finally Seven issued a two sentence statement from Sandy Roberts regarding a front-page Herald Sun story that he is quitting the network:
“Reports that I have a deal with Fox Footy are inaccurate – nor have they made me an offer.
“I am continuing with Seven as per my contract.”
Seven sent the statement through at 9:42pm after false stories running all day (usually these things are killed off pronto).
Last night Peter Mitchell told Roberts that staff had been flipping coins for his car parking space.
“Sorry to disappoint them Mitch, it’s not available,” Roberts replied.
It isn’t yet clear if the Herald Sun story was without basis or whether Roberts could end up being shared with two networks, just as Eddie McGuire is with Nine / FOX Footy. That could see him remain with Seven News and still calling games with FOX Footy.
Seven News director Simon Pristel is also Herald Sun’s last editor.