Former Project presenter Lisa Wilkinson formally apologized to Senator Nampijinpa Price following a leaked audio in which she struggled to pronounce her name.
In a statement he said: “I sincerely apologize to Senator Price for any offense I may have caused.
“The conversation was private and not intended to appear out of context and in the public arena.
“The tenor of our conversation was that there was a need for real and genuine change within the Liberal Party and that too many of their female pre-selections were in unwinnable positions.”
Paramount Executive Vice President of Australia, New Zealand Beverley McGarvey also personally called the LNP Senator to apologize on behalf of the network.
Media reports suggest that McGarvey said the discussion of race did not reflect the values the network represented and that it shouldn’t have happened.
A Rete 10 spokesman said Guardian Australia Price graciously accepted the apology.
The Network later released a statement saying the five-hour private conversation had been leaked by an unidentified source and what had been made public was not in context and no comment had been asked before publication.
“Network 10 was subpoenaed for providing confidential documents and audio recordings to the DPP and Bruce Lehrmann’s legal team during the criminal case filed against Mr. Lehrmann,” the statement read.
“With the criminal case now concluded, there is no justified reason to make this material public. Network 10 regrets any inconvenience caused by the unauthorized publication of these intentional private conversations.