TV boss out in the Open after scandal
BESIEGED Channel 7 boss Tim Worner will step out at the Australian Open tennis, in his first public appearance since he was accused of being involved in a sex-and-drugs scandal.
It is understood the married father of four will be attending the tennis, known as the “Happy Slam” for its familyfocused atmosphere.
The Australian Open is traditionally Seven’s official launch of the year, so a noshow would be a major back step for the TV boss.
A report into the affair is being worked on by law firm Allens, with Seven board member Jeff Kennett saying he was hoped for completion within weeks.
“We are expecting the report by the end of January,” Mr Kennett said.
Seven was rocked in the week before Christmas by claims by Mr Worner’s former mistress, Amber Harrison, they had a drug-fuelled affair over 18 months while she worked as an executive assistant at the network. Sources say Mr Worner strongly denies the drug-use claims.
Until now Mr Worner has held on to his job with the backing of the board, although three days before Christmas they launched another inquiry into the matter “to establish all of the facts”.
“When these allegations are made you have a responsibility — a corporate governance responsibility to investigate them — that's what we are doing,” Mr Kennett said.
The Australian Open starts January 16. Seven West Media paid about $200 million to broadcast the tournament from 2015 to 2019.