Sky News just put the Adam Giles Show in ‘recess’ over Blair Cottrell interview

Blair Cottrell and Adam Giles Blair Cottrell/Instagram

Sky News Australia has put the Adam Giles Show “in recess” as part of a review into how a previously jailed far-right agitator, well-known for his
anti-Islamic, anti-Jewish comments, anti-gay and pro-Nazi views appeared on the Sunday night TV show.

Nationalist Blair Cottrell, who last year was found guilty of inciting serious contempt of Muslims, has previously served jail time for stalking, and damaging property.

He has posted a picture of Adolf Hitler on Facebook saying: “There should be a picture of this man in every classroom and every school, and his book should be issued to every student annually.”

Earlier this year, Cottrell said that “If I am ever in the appropriate position of power I will deport the enemies of my country and execute those who refuse to go”.

Giles, the former chief minister of the Northern Territory, interviewed Cottrell about immigration.

Outgoing Sky News CEO Angelos Frangopoulos said his appearance “was an error of judgement” and Cottrell would not feature on the station again.

“We deeply regret featuring the interview on our channel,” Frangopoulos said.

“We have taken action to ensure our standards, which we are proud of, are maintained.”

Frangopoulos said Sky had created a new editorial leadership team as a result of its investigation today, with news director Greg Byrnes,taking on the newly created role of acting program director, with Kaycie Bradford moving into the acting news director.

Together they will “ensure the production of weekend and guest appearances meet editorial, journalistic and community expectations”, he said

Cottrell’s appearance sparked a widespread backlash and condemnation, with former ALP minister Craig Emerson resigning as a Sky News commentator, saying his father fought the Nazis and was interred in a German POW camp.

“The decision to allow Cottrell onto the channel was another step in a journey to normalising racism and bigotry in our country,” Emerson said.