Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has been slammed by some loyal supporters after he posed for pictures with Seven stars including Home and Away’s Alf Stewart actor Ray Meagher and Sunrise host Natalie Barr.
The PM officially opened Seven Network’s new state-of-the-art newsroom and studios in Sydney on Thursday night and posted the snaps on his Instagram page.
But he was flooded with furious comments about the lack of diversity among Seven’s stars within moments of his photographs with Seven’s stars appearing.
Others questioned why he was even attending the star-studded event.
‘You couldn’t make this picture more white by tipping Liquid Paper all over it,’ quipped one Albo fan.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has been slammed by angry fans after he posed for pictures with Seven stars including Home and Away’s Alf Stewart, Ray Meagher, and Georgie Parker
The PM was flooded with furious comments about the lack of diversity among Seven’s stars
NSW Premier Chris Minns also attended the event alongside federal environment minister Tanya Plibersek and Seven West Media chairman Kerry Stokes.
They were joined by Sunrise hosts Natalie Barr and Matt Shirvington, 7NEWS Sydney presenter Mark Ferguson and The Morning Show’s Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies.
Other Seven stars included My Kitchen Rules judge Colin Fassnidge and Home and Away’s Emily Symons, Georgie Parker and James Stewart, and Gold Logie winner, Sonia Kruger.
The group picture of the star-studded guest list triggered the PM’s loyal Labor followers.
‘The lack of diversity is STAGGERING!’ posted one. ‘Not an accurate representation of ‘Australia’ when there is 13 white folks. Not much diversity going on here.’
‘It is so hard to understand how this post was considered a good idea,’ said another.
Others added: ‘Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. Lack of diversity. So white
‘So no one other than the white people in this photo have skill?’
Kylie Gillies also shared an image of Sunrise star Edwina Bartholomew looking giddy with delight beside the PM
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese was all smiles alongside a galaxy of Channel Seven presenters at the star-studded launch event for the network’s new studios in Sydney. Pictured, left to right, Edwina Bartholomew, Channel Seven owner Kerry Stokes, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Premier of New South Wales Chris Minns, Matt Shirvington, Natalie Barr, Kylie Gillies and Larry Emdur
The high-tech facility will be the home of Seven’s Sydney and national news operations, including 7NEWS, Sunrise, The Morning Show, The Latest and Spotlight.
The inner-west studio in South Eveleigh replaces the channel’s CBD home in Martin Place, which was the network’s news HQ for 19 years.
According to Seven: ‘The world-leading studio space is five times larger than Martin Place and allows for permanent sets for all programs, with two complete control rooms and more than 40 square metres of LED screens.’
But the PM’s followers questioned why he had even agreed to attend the opening and promote the TV network.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese can be seen in the background as Kylie Gillies posed for pics with co-star Larry Emdur
The high-tech facility located at South Eveleigh will be the home of Seven’s Sydney and national news operations, including 7NEWS, Sunrise, The Morning Show, The Latest and Spotlight
‘Bloody hell, this feels extremely wrong for the Prime Minister to be promoting any private company, let alone a commercial TV news network,’ posted one.
‘Talk about conflict of interest. Expected better from you Albo!’
Another added: ‘I hate to be ignorant here but why does PM needs to attend Channel 7 new headquarters event?’
Another added: ‘This station does nothing but actively work against you.
‘I keep trying to give you the benefit of the doubt but you keep on finding ways to capitulate to the very people you were elected to stand up to.
As cameras flashed and smiles lit up the room, Anthony Albanese appeared in high spirits at the event and posed with MKR judge Colin Fassnidge
After 19 years broadcasting from Sydney’s Martin Place, Seven’s new news and public affairs centre in the city’s inner-west is officially up and running