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Sky News sacks presenter Mark Latham

Given the mass scourging of conservative commentators throughout the West, is it any wonder that Breitbart and other related sites are growing at such an exponential rate?

The Australian, Stephen Brook, March 29, 2017:

Sky News today sacked controversial presenter Mark Latham.

The pay-TV channel said that it had “terminated the contract of contributor Mark Latham effective today”.

Sky News chief executive Angelos Frangopoulos made the decision this afternoon on his first day back at work after returning from an overseas trip to Europe, during which the former Federal Labor made a series of controversial comments that he then refused to apologise for.

“I have today advised Mark Latham that his contract has been terminated,” Mr Frangopoulos said on Twitter.

“While we support strong opinions and robust arguments we pride ourselves in doing so in a civil and respectful manner,” he said.

Latham was a no show for his regular Jones & Co program on Tuesday night, meaning he missed 2GB breakfast presenter Alan Jones’ first program back after a summer of illness.

“Well, it’s taken a long time but here I am,” Jones told listeners.

“There is no ‘Co’, by the way tonight, I think he’s poisoned himself trying to feed himself, he’s got the bucket out,” Jones said explaining the absence of Latham, whom he didn’t directly name.

Latham’s absence led to speculation from Sky insiders that it was linked to a mounting chorus of criticism from the public, politicians and journalists after a trifecta of Latham comments stirred up outrage.

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