Sky News has sparked uproar in Australia after it broadcast an interview with a far-right extremist, Blair Cottrell who has expressed his admiration for Hitler. The channel hosted Blair for a one-on-one conversation about immigration on Sunday night in its Australian studios. Later, Sky News tweeted three videos of him arguing for immigration based on their race and live-tweeted his ideas. Stay tuned with us, we’ll be exploring Blair Cottrell wiki.
The United Patriots Front former leader, the far-right Australian nationalist protest group, has a criminal history which found guilty last year of inciting contempt, repulsion or ridicule of Muslims. The bodybuilder and carpenter even claimed to have manipulated women by using violence and terror.
Blair Cottrell’s Interview Leading An Outcry
The broadcast led Craig Emerson, a former Labor minister to quit as a Sky commentator. He came to the conclusion of resigning from the job after dissatisfaction with Blair Cottrell.
After hours later, the channel twitted by saying it was “wrong” to air the interview, but did not apologize. After criticisms on Twitter, Sky News deleted all the tweets about Cottrell.
It was wrong to have Blair Cottrell on Sky News Australia. His views do not reflect ours. The interview has been removed from repeat timeslots and online platforms.
– Greg Byrnes, News Director
— Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) August 5, 2018
Caption: Sky News retaliating on airing Blair Cottrell interview
David Speers, Sky News’s political editor, told on Twitter that the outrage was “understandable” and agreed with a Sky political reporter Laura Jayes who disapproved her own channel.
I have just arrived back in the country tonight to be met with the understandable outrage over this. 100% agree with @ljayes. As News Director Greg Byrnes says it was wrong to have this guy on Sky News. https://t.co/QQF4ESRmbJ
— David Speers (@David_Speers) August 5, 2018
The Sky News Host Adam Giles invited Blair Cottrell on the shows for an interview and asked with him about the idea of Donald Trumps and the mix of immigration in Australia. Cottrell said that
“What we lack in this country is national pride … that is necessary to galvanize the minds of the masses and to protect the people of this country against foreign ideologies.
If we can rebuild or reclaim our traditional identity as Australians then we may not need a Donald Trump, we may be able to fix the situation ourselves.”
He also told Adam that Australia should accept only skilled migrants. He advocated taking all the white farmers from South Africa and stopping immigration from the rest of the world.
The CEO of Sky News, Angelos Frangopoulos apologized that it was an error of judgment to broadcast interview on the channel and have authorized action to align the standard they have been maintaining. She also clarified that Cottrell would not be allowed back on the channel.
Blair Cottrell Sued By Ex-girlfriend; Previously Married?
Previously, Blair had a girlfriend but later grew apart with her. Then in 2012, he was accused of stalking his ex-girlfriend and her new partner and also attempted to put a fire in the man’s house for which he was sentenced four months jail in Port Phillip Prison. Later, in December 2013, he was fined $1,000 and condemned jail for seven days by a County Court judge.
Moreover, he was married to a wife but later lead to divorce. On 1st March 2018, he took to his Facebook account telling about his bad financially and had to pay his money to ex-wife as part of our divorce settlement.
Caption: Blair Cottrell sharing about divorce settlement and financial negotiation
Blair Cottrell Wiki –Bio
He is the former chairman of the United Patriot’s Front, popular for his criminal convictions. Also, he is the leader of the far-right Australian nationalist protest group. Cottrell was born in the city of Australia but hasn’t disclosed his birthday information. However, he could be at the age of 30/31.
He was born in the family of Cottrell but keeps his family detail confidential. Nevertheless, he is active in the social media account and shares his points and views on his account.