UPDATE: SUNRISE co-host David Koch has let-it-rip at his Channel Seven bosses live on air.
The journalist slammed the network for paying convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby more than $2 million* for a tell-all interview.
This morning he said, “I reckon we should have nothing to do with her as a network.”
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“I totally disagree with paying a convicted drug smuggler $2 million. I know Indonesia is corrupt and all that sort of stuff, but she is convicted.”
Later in the program, he again referred to the payment during the show’s cash giveaway competition.
“How would you like to win some Mega Cool cash without spending time in an overseas jail?,” he said.
Schapelle Corby, 36, walked free on parole from her Bali jail on Monday, after spending 9 years behind bars.
She was arrested in 2004 for attempting to smuggle 4.2 kilograms of cannabis concealed in her body board bag at Bali international airport.
After she was released from Kerobokan prison, Corby was whisked away to a luxury resort in Seminyak where it was reported she was interviewed by veteran TV reporter Mike Willesee.
However, Mr Willesee today told reporters in Bali that he does not expect any interview to take place for a while. He said he had not seen Corby despite staying in the same luxury resort.
Mr Willesee wouldn’t reveal how much Channel Seven paid to secure the exclusive deal, but said it was not as much as $2 million.
“I don’t know what the figure is but that’s crazy,’’ he told reporters in Bali.
“Way silly. It’s not up there at all. I don’t know what the deal is but I would very much like to interview her — and I hope to but I haven’t seen her.’’
*It is not known exactly how much Seven has paid for the first tell-all interview, which will air on the network’s Sunday Night program. Industry insiders have reported Channel Nine and Ten pulled out when the bidding reached $2 million.
What are your thoughts? Do you agree with Kochie?