Mon. Aug 15th, 2022

Pictured here, former Channel Seven commentator and test cricketer Michael Slater.

Channel Seven says budgetary reasons were behind the decision to let cricket commentator Michael Slater go. Image: Getty

OPINION

Channel seven continues to dance around the real causes Michael Slater was dumped from his cricket coverage.

Everyone in the game – and in media circles – knows that it has nothing to do with a “budget decision”, as it has been widely discussed.

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You do not get rid of a key member of your broadcast team on the eve of an Ashes series because a prayer counter tells you to reduce costs.

TV types will tell you that it is rarely the on-air talent who manages an economical haircut when the scissors come out.

Channel Seven has happily told the story that Slater’s Twitter attack on Scott Morrison, in which he accused the prime minister of “having blood on his hands” to block the return of Australians from covid-stricken India, was the reason his contract will not be renewed.

Channel Seven has parted ways with commentator Michael Slater in the wake of his bitter public feud with Prime Minister Scott Morrison.  Image: Getty Images

Channel Seven has parted ways with commentator Michael Slater in the wake of his bitter public feud with Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Image: Getty Images

It came at the same time that a rumor was circulating that he had collided with Australian opener David Warner when both became holes in the Maldives after the IPL’s postponement.

Both Slater and Warner vehemently deny there was any kind of blow-up, but the story undoubtedly made Channel Seven’s executives a little more jumpy.

Cost savings listed as the reason is Michael Slater axing

Days after he was pulled, Slater told The Sunday Telegraphs Phil Rothfield: “I don’t know if it’s related to what I said about ScoMo, but it got a lot of airplay back then.

“The sports director said it was a budgetary decision. They have made a business decision.

“It’s a bitter pill to swallow. I have to soldier on and keep pushing forward.”

Asked if he thought Slater was released because of cost savings, Rothfield told Sky Sports Radio: “No, I do not.

“I think he pays the penalty for some wild behavior. He’s been a commentator for 20 years and a very good commentator, but I think he pays the penalty for the comments he made about ScoMo and other off-field behavior. . “

Those who have worked with Slater told Yahoo Australia that he likes running the show and was not keen on taking directions.

They also said he could be very unpredictable and easily “fly off the handle”, but put it down to the stress of working on live TV.

Others found him a complete professional and easy to work with and are amazed that he has not been retained.

The least Slater deserves is an honest explanation as to why he will not be there when the first ball of the Ashes series is bowled.

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