7News: Ai-Media employee gets into a fight over Rebecca Maddern, Novak Djokovic leak

The alleged culprit behind the leak of Seven News hosts Rebecca Maddern and Mike Amor slamming tennis star Novak Djokovic has been fired.

Images went viral on Tuesday evening of the new network recruit and experienced broadcaster who criticized the tennis star after a court ruled that he could stay in Australia.

The scandal caused the Seven Network to scramble to find the leaker.

Late Friday, Ai-Media Technologies Limited, the company that provides Seven’s subtitling service, confirmed that one of its employees was responsible.

The company told the Australian Stock Exchange that it had taken ‘appropriate measures’ against the perpetrator.

A source with knowledge of the decision said the employee had lost his job.

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Seven Network employees have been cleared of leaking a video of a ‘private conversation’ between newscasters Mike Amor (right) and Rebecca Maddern (left)

“As a result of the investigation, Ai-Media determined that an employee who was working remotely due to the COVID-19 outbreak was responsible for the unauthorized distribution of the content,” the statement said.

‘Appropriate measures have been taken with regard to the responsible employee.’

The company’s CEO, Tony Abrahams, said Ai-Media has also reassured the Seven network that the company has taken action to prevent future leaks.

“We are the leading provider of captioning services in Australia and we understand the importance of our work to make media accessible and inclusive to a wider audience, while protecting our clients’ confidential information,” he said.

“We have longstanding and strong relationships within the media industry in Australia and value our relationship with the Seven Network with whom we have worked for over five years.

The leaked video shows newscasters in a heated discussion about Novak Djokovic's visa crisis that began in early January

The leaked video shows newscasters in a heated discussion about Novak Djokovic’s visa crisis that began in early January

In the video, Ms. Maddern called Djokovic a

In the video, Ms. Maddern called Djokovic a “lying, sneaky bastard” as she prepared to present the station’s 6 p.m. news program

“This is the first such incident in Ai-Media’s 19-year history and enhanced controls have been implemented since then to ensure it cannot be repeated.”

In the video, Ms. Maddern called Djokovic a “lying, sneaky bastard” as she prepared to present the station’s 6 p.m. news program.

She added: “That’s it, I mean, he’s an asshole. He got a damn excuse and then fell over his own damn lies. It’s just what happens, right, that’s what happened.’

Ms Maddern has since apologized to her bosses for mis-expressing the world’s number one.

A timestamp in the top-right corner of the video revealed that the culprit was an employee of the network's outsourced captioning service, Ai-Media, and evicted Seven's employees.

A timestamp in the top-right corner of the video revealed that the culprit was an employee of the network’s outsourced captioning service, Ai-Media, and evicted Seven’s employees.

A “witch hunt” investigation into the incident was launched by the network executives and soon discovered that an employee of external subtitling service Ai-Media was responsible for the alleged leak.

The investigation found that a timestamp in the top right corner of the video was not in the style of Seven Network, but belonged to the outsourced group.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Seven Network for comment.

The video leaked into Ms. Maddern's new contract with the network for several days, as executives labeled the perpetrators' actions

The video leaked into Ms. Maddern’s new contract with the network for several days, as executives labeled the perpetrators’ actions “underhanded” and “probably” will report the incident to police

Seven’s Director of News and Public Affairs, Craig McPherson, labeled the leaker “underhanded” because the video had been leaked just days into Maddern’s new contract with the network.

Maddern recently parted ways with Australian Open host Nine.

Mr McPherson announced in a statement Wednesday morning that the person responsible for the leaking of the ‘private conversation’ would be addressed.

“The illegal recording was of a private conversation between two colleagues,” he said.

“It was an underhanded, cowardly act that violated Victorian listening equipment laws and the perpetrator will be dealt with accordingly if found.”

The network ‘probably’ will report it to the police as soon as the employee is found.

It is not known whether Seven Network will terminate its contract with the service, which is expected to expire in less than six months.

The contract is a competitive slot in the subtitling industry as subtitling the Sunrise show costs the network $750,000 a year.

What will happen to Novak Djokovic?

On January 5, Novak Djokovic landed in Australia with a medical exemption from vaccination.

He was granted the exemption because he had tested positive for covid on December 16 and still had ‘immunity’.

However, border police officers denied his exemption and detained him for five days.

He has since been released, but it is still unclear whether he will be able to play in the Australian Open from January 17.

Despite his release, Djokovic can still be deported after inconsistencies were found between his affidavit and social media posts.

The inconsistencies have raised more questions about his visa application and Covid-19 vaccine waiver.

His team reportedly already plans to appeal in court if immigration authorities revoke his visa.

Border Force investigators are also concerned about false information he provided on his travel form.

On his entry form, Djokovic incorrectly told Border Force that he had not traveled in the past 14 days, despite a visit to Spain.

He blames his agent for the ‘administrative error’ on the form.

Furthermore, the tennis star admitted on Wednesday that she did an interview and photo shoot with a French newspaper while she was infected with covid last month.

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