Schapelle Corby: set to tell all to Channel Seven. Photo: Justin McManus David Koch: says Channel Seven should not pay money to Schapelle Corby. Photo: Simon Alekna
Corby interview: Seven should pray for audience
Sunrise co-host David Koch has hit out at his own network for paying convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby $2 million for a tell-all interview following her release from prison in Bali.
The television personality used Tuesday morning’s Sunrise program to criticise the Seven Network for securing one of the biggest chequebook journalism deals in Australian television history.
“I reckon we should have nothing to do with her as a network. Totally disagree with paying a convicted drug smuggler $2 million,” Koch said.
His co-host, Samantha Armytage, responded: “Too late for that.”
Corby spent her first night on parole at a luxury resort and spa in the fashionable Seminyak district in Bali, where a crew from Seven’s Sunday Night program was also staying.
Corby was seen leaving the parole office in Bali on Monday in the company of legendary TV current affairs interrogator Mike Willesee, who does occasional stories for Sunday Night.
Willesee would not even confirm to Seven reporters in Bali if their network had secured an exclusive deal with Corby.
Koch said on air on Tuesday morning that he had a “huge argument” with his wife about the interview deal.
He said his wife, Libby, thinks Corby is “innocent and she deserves the money”.
“I know Indonesia’s corrupt and all that sort of stuff, but you know, she’s convicted so why pay the money?” Koch said.
He then urged viewers to vote in a Sunrise poll about whether they believed Corby was innocent or not.
Koch couldn’t resist another dig during Sunrise’s Cash Cow money giveaway segment.
‘‘How would you like to win some mega cool cash without spending time in an overseas jail?’’
Koch also responded to critics on Twitter, including one person who said he’d love to hear Koch explain the “moral justification for paying a convicted drug dealer [to tell] her story”.
“You just did,” Koch tweeted back.
Another person tweeted: “Shame on @kochie_online & channel 7 if story is true of big bucks paid to Corby’s [sic].”
Koch responded: “Why me? You’re obviously not watching.”
Koch’s former Sunrise co-host Mel Doyle, who is in Bali covering the Corby story for network Seven, told Triple M on Tuesday morning that she also had some reservations about the situation.
Doyle said she had not been able to confirm reports that Sunday Night had secured the interview, but she had heard the reports about a multimillion-dollar deal.
‘‘Look, it’s one of those really strange ones. Yeah, she is a convicted criminal, so that doesn’t sit comfortably with me,’’ she said.
‘‘But there is such a fascination with her and her story. Even if people don’t like her, they still listen, they still read it, they are still intrigued by it.
‘‘So I kind of think, even all those people that are sitting at home saying ‘Shocking, you shouldn’t pay her’ probably will turn it on and watch. And you know what? I’ll be really frank, I reckon I will. I actually want to see what she looks like and I want to hear what it was like in there.’’
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