The Chronicle



FIVE months after he publicly attacked Prime Minister Scott Morrison, former Test star Michael Slater has failed to win a new deal at Channel 7.

In a series of fiery tweets sent back in May, Slater controvers­ially accused the Prime Minister of having “blood on his hands” for locking Australian citizens out of returning from Covid-ravaged India.

The outburst did not sit comfortabl­y at the time with fellow cricketers who, following the cancellati­on of the IPL, suddenly had the spotlight shone on their time in limbo in the Maldives, or with Seven executives back home.

Channel 7 confirmed they were moving in a different direction but insisted the decision not to renew Slater’s contract was more due to budgetary restraints.

“He’s a very talented broadcaste­r and he’s been a ripping member of our team. It’s more about financial management than anything else and we wish Michael the very best in the future, we really do,” said Channel 7 head of sport Lewis Martin.

“Unfortunat­ely business decisions have to be made from time to time and unfortunat­ely we’re not in a position to renew it.

“He was a very popular member of our team and a very talented broadcaste­r.”

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