Lisa Wilkinson has been slammed by her former boss who known as her Logies speech – which brought about a delay within the trial of the person accused of raping Brittany Higgins – ‘disgraceful’ and mentioned it made him ‘ashamed’.
Radio 4BC breakfast present host Neil Breen, who was the government producer when Wilkinson introduced As we speak on Channel 9, erupted at her on Wednesday morning.
Breen mentioned the circumstances behind the indefinite postponement within the trial of Bruce Lehrmann, have been ‘completely extraordinary’.
Lehrmann, charged with sexual activity with out consent, has pleaded not responsible to assaulting Ms Higgins.
Lisa Wilkinson (pictured) has been slammed in a tirade by one in all her former bossed at Channel 9
On Wednesday morning, Breen mentioned he had been warning for the previous yr that ‘the allegations might be made, however somebody wants a good trial.
‘That’s the premise of our justice system.
‘The magistrates and the Supreme Court docket justices within the ACT have been warning for a while now, about journalists to relax on the commentary, concerning this case.
‘As a result of as soon as Bruce Lehrmann stands trial, then he has to get a good trial,’ Breen mentioned.
Breen mentioned ‘What occurred within the ACT Supreme Court docket was completely extraordinary.’
He quoted ACT Chief Justice Lucy McCallum saying ‘The implicit premise of (Ms Wilkinson’s speech) is to rejoice the truthfulness of the story she uncovered’.
‘So, in different phrases, she’s saying Lisa Wilkinson received up there on stage and boasted concerning the truthfulness of the story she put to air, earlier than any of the proof has been examined in court docket.’
Breen mentioned he wouldn’t need his reporting known as into query.
‘As a journalist of three-and-a-half many years, I do not need a choose saying that about me. And that is what the choose has mentioned about Lisa Wilkinson and her unfettered behaviour.
‘It is disgraceful, and I am ashamed of our occupation that this has occurred,’ Breen mentioned.
‘To make it worse, Lisa Wilkinson is predicted to be a witness within the case … What a shameful episode for the occupation that I really like.’
Neil Breen (pictured) slammed Lisa Wilkinson on his 4BC breakfast radio present on Wednesday
Wilkinson’s feedback about Ms Higgins in her Logie profitable speech led Justice McCallum to order a delay within the trial by ‘gritted tooth’.
The host of Channel 10’s The Undertaking had been warned her Logies speech might jeopardise the trial, the choose mentioned.
Nevertheless, she nonetheless went forward with it anyway earlier than her resolution backfired spectacularly and the choose delayed the case.
Justice McCallum informed the court docket Wilkinson had beforehand sought recommendation on whether or not the speech was applicable.
Wilkinson met the ACT Director of Public Prosecutions Shane Drumgold on June 15 to debate the proof she would give on the trial.
On the finish of the assembly, Wilkinson talked about she had been nominated for a Logie, based on a be aware of the assembly taken by the Mr Drumgold.
She began to learn the speech she supposed to present if she received, however the DPP stopped her and mentioned he had no energy to approve or present recommendation on the speech.
‘We’re not speech editors,’ Mr Drumgold informed Ms Wikinson.
Justice McCallum mentioned Ms Wilkinson went forward along with her speech anyway.
‘However that clear and applicable warning, upon receiving the award, Ms Wilkinson gave a speech during which she brazenly referred to and praised the complainant within the current trial,’ she mentioned.
Former political staffer Brittany Higgins (pictured entrance) speaks to the media as she leaves the Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces after assembly with then prime minister Scott Morrison in Sydney on Friday, April 30, 2021
Bruce Lehrmann (pictured), is charged with sexual activity with out consent. He has pleaded not responsible to assaulting Brittany Higgins at Parliament Home in Canberra
Within the hours since, Wilkinson was additionally slammed in a now deleted tweet by former Channel 10 colleague, climate presenter Tim Bailey.
He known as her a ‘huge head’ and informed her to tug ‘ya head in’.
Veteran 10 information anchor Sandra Sully and Dawn presenter Natalie Barr additionally joined the pile-on.
TV presenter Lisa Wilkinson (proper) is pictured with former political staffer Brittany Higgins (left)
Sully favored a tweet from showbusiness reporter Peter Ford blasting Wilkinson’s speech.
That message mentioned: ‘Such critical penalties from Lisa Wilkinson… if solely she’d caught to crazy tales just like the paparazzi who stalked her in Chapel St.’
Dawn presenter Natalie Barr expressed disbelief on the breakfast TV present on Wednesday, saying Seven all the time runs tales by their legal professionals earlier than going to air.
‘You realize, we’ve got our personal legal professionals, we frequently seek the advice of them earlier than we put a narrative to air, would this have been the case the place Channel 10’s legal professionals ought to have stepped in and lawyered this speech?’
Lisa Wilkinson is pictured giving her Logies speech on Sunday evening, the place she thanked Brittany Higgins for sharing her story of an alleged sexual assault