2022 Women’s Cricket World Cup: Megan Barnard returns to television, Tom Morris sacked, cricket news

Sports presenter Megan Barnard has returned to Australian TV screens after a former colleague was sacked.

Fox Sports presenter Megan Barnard has returned to Australian TV screens five days after the high-profile sacking of former colleague Tom Morris.

Barnard, who has worked for Foxtel since 2013, presented Australia’s World Cup group stage match against South Africa in Wellington on Tuesday morning.

The 37-year-old is one of Australia’s leading broadcasters of women’s cricket, regularly presenting Fox Sports’ WBBL coverage since 2018.

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Morris was removed from his job by Fox Sports after lewd videos from a leaked WhatsApp group, which revealed Barnard’s sexuality, began circulating on social media earlier this week.

It is also alleged that he made homophobic and racist comments in a separate clip.

Fox Sports executive director Steve Crawley said Morris’ actions were “unacceptable”.

“Our culture at Fox Sports is based on a respectful and inclusive environment and an equitable approach for all,” he said in a statement.

“While Tom’s journalism has made a valuable contribution to Fox Sports over the past seven years, the message we saw yesterday crossed the line. This was unacceptable.

“We have the best in the business working at Fox Sports. We love what we do and have a reputation for being a great place to work. Ultimately, we are committed to creating a work environment where everyone can come to work knowing they are safe, respected and valued. We have zero tolerance for anything less than this.

In a statement uploaded to Instagram on Sunday afternoon, Barnard thanked those who expressed support and hoped his experience would serve as a “catalyst for change” in the media industry.

“I have been overwhelmed with the support I have received over the past few days in response to comments about me in the media,” she wrote.

“To everyone who reached out, thank you. Luckily, I’m at a point in my life where I’m comfortable with who I am and can handle something deeply personal that becomes public. But if it had happened as recently as a few years ago, it wouldn’t have been. “Coming out is a process and should never be taken out of anyone’s hands. Nor should we talk about anyone in such a demeaning way. I hope my experience can be a catalyst for change not only in the sports industry, but in all industries.

Morris released a statement on Twitter on Friday evening, apologizing for his behavior.

“I would like to unconditionally apologize to everyone for my disgusting and shameful comments, which became public yesterday,” he wrote.

“I am especially sorry for the person involved. No one should ever, anywhere or at any time, be spoken to in this way.

“I am deeply ashamed of my behavior. My comments were hurtful to many and I will now take the time to listen, learn and work to improve myself, ensuring that I become a better person. I I’m really sorry for everyone.

Former Melbourne captain and Fox Footy presenter Garry Lyon said he supported the decision to sack Morris.

“We understand and respect the standards and values ​​of everyone here at the Foxtel Group and we – the on-air group – have a responsibility to live those values ​​and not just pretend to them,” he said. he told Fox Footy on Friday.

“We have to be better, we have to be better. And most importantly in all of this, there is a no-fault innocent part of this person, finds themselves under enormous pressure and our thoughts are with them tonight.

Australia secured a sixth straight World Cup victory in Wellington, with skipper Meg Lanning breaking a 15th century ODI record to help pursue South Africa’s 272-run target with 28 balls to spare.

The Australians have won 37 of their 39 ODI games since the shock 2017 World Cup semi-final, including a record 26 consecutive wins between 2018 and 2021.

Australia, who have already qualified for the semi-finals, next face Bangladesh in Wellington on Friday, with the first ball scheduled for 9:00 a.m. AEDT.

Originally published as Megan Barnard’s brave TV appearance after ex-colleague’s ‘degrading’ remarks

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