TV boss out in the Open af­ter scan­dal

Sunday Herald Sun - - News - JEFF WHALLEY

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.

Tim Worner

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