CROCMEDIA boss Craig Hutchison has issued an apology after a private conversation between him and co-host Damian Barrett was accidentally aired during an AFL Trade Radio program.
The conversation between Hutchison and Barrett was aired during Sam McClure and Nick Dal Santo’s program just after 9.30am on Tuesday morning.
It appears as if the two journalists were about to record the next episode of the Crocmedia podcast The Sounding Board and discussing the rundown, with Barrett based in the studio and Hutchison linked in via Skype.
As the conversation was taking place — and going to air — Barrett received a text message from an AFL Media employee informing him that the chat was no longer private.
“Oh … we’ve got a problem here. Cam Noakes has just texted me. Our conversation is on Trade Radio,” Barrett told Hutchison.
Hutchison later addressed the incident on The Sounding Board podcast, which was published a few hours after the on-air conversation took place.
“We apologise to anyone that was displaced by that unfortunate little own goal this morning,” Hutchison said.
“Given how a standard five-minute conversation between you and I … we could potentially bag 20 to 30 people, I think we probably take the positive out of this.
“I remember Stephen Quartermain telling me on my first day on TV back in 1997 … any time you see a microphone, you should always assume it’s live. Now, I think that extends to mobile phones, too.”
THE BARRETT-HUTCHISON TRANSCRIPT
Damian Barrett: I’ll just say … that’s what I’ve been told where you are, and you take …
Craig Hutchison: Can you hear the water in the background? Can you?
Barrett: *LAUGHS* I can actually, now you mention it. It’s lapping the boat, is it?
Barrett: There’s a reference here in Johnno’s (producer Johnno Nash) rundown to Robert Walls saying that he predicted the Eagles to win the wooden spoon. Are you comfortable if I was to say that?
Barrett: Because you said that at the Footy Classified meeting first up this year, from memory.
Hutchison: Nah, I said they’d finish 17th.
Barrett: Oh … we’ve got a problem here.
Hutchison: What’s wrong?
Barrett: Cam Noakes has just texted me. Our conversation was on Trade Radio.