The ABC has sacked fill-in Sydney mornings radio host Antoinette Lattouf after she breached the taxpayer-funded broadcaster’s social media code by posting anti-Israel comments.
The Australian can reveal that Lattouf who was filling in this week was told by management on Wednesday afternoon she would not be allowed to return to air.
Lattouf has been uploading a series of pro-Palestinian posts on her social media accounts including X, formerly Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.
It is understood ABC management were extremely concerned the presenter’s activism on social media and anti-Israel stance which she has plastered over social media for the past two months.
The public broadcaster had received numerous complaints that were sent directly to ABC chair Ita Buttrose and managing director David Anderson this week.
An ABC spokesman confirmed Latouff, who is of Lebanese heritage, would not be returning to the show again.
“ABC Sydney casual presenter Antoinette Lattouf will not be back on air for her remaining two shifts this week,” he said.
Lattouf drew intense criticism after she has repeatedly said videos of pro-Palestine protesters chanting “gas the Jews” at the Sydney Opera House in October were unverified.
This comes despite NSW police being provided with testimony from witnesses at the event who said they heard the chant “gas the Jews.”
Multiple sources from within the ABC, who did not wish to be named, told The Australian management had questioned who within the ABC made the decision to appoint Latouff as fill-in host.
It is understood management will be reviewing how this occurred in the weeks to come.
According to her social media, Lattouf only got the gig two days ago:
so the question is how she got the gig in the first place, given she was posting anti-Israel things well before, and could not have possibly been considered an objective news presenter.
Meanwhile, she has been strangely quiet following her sacking – but I suspect she won’t hold back in the coming days. She certainly loves the sound of her own voice.