CANBERRA -- News that Channel Ten would be placed into voluntary administration has been greeted with glee by many of Australia's conservatives, hailing the company's financial troubles as a personal victory against one of their favourite media targets -- Waleed Aly.
The network said on Wednesday that the decision by high-profile backers, Lachlan Murdoch and TV network owner Bruce Gordon, not to guarantee a new loan -- which was to replace the current $200 million loan, due in December -- "left the Directors with no choice but to appoint Administrators".
Aly, host of popular nightly news panel show The Project, has been a constant target for abuse and criticism from Australia's right-wing community, especially online, for his stance on issues from Islam to marriage equality.
In recent weeks, Aly has come under fire from -- among others -- several large conservative Facebook groups for The Project's interviews of Margaret Court over her stance against marriage equality, and Cassie Jaye, director of men's rights documentary 'The Red Pill'.
Aly critics claimed he and other hosts showed disrespect to their guests.
So when the Channel Ten news broke on Wednesday, a few people joked that it wouldn't be long before Aly was linked to the news.
Buckle up for the RWNJs to blame a multi-billion dollar TV network collapse on Waleed Aly, the Magic Muslim.— Richard Cooke (@rgcooke) June 14, 2017
Andrew Bolt will drop a take within 24 hours that Network Ten's woes are due to:— ya fave μαλάκας (@mathaiaus) June 14, 2017
1. Waleed Aly
2. Axing The Bolt Report
Of course, then, it actually happened. Many popular conservative social media were quick to celebrate the news as some kind of personal victory against Aly, or to link Ten's financial troubles directly to The Project's host.
Waleed Aly's Ten Network goes into administration - suspended from trading at ASX https://t.co/caVqtcdoZ3— Michael Smith News (@mpsmithnews) June 14, 2017
Across several large, private Facebook groups in support of conservative politicians and broadcasters, ordinary people also celebrated the news. A smattering of comments included:
- "Hopefully that means good riddance to the 'The Project' and Waleed Ali [sic]"
- "Viewers are voting with their ratings. Maybe Waleed Aly can ask Al Jazeera to buy TEN?"
- "Bye Bye Waleed wanker"
- "That's what happens when you air crap like Wally and his useful idiots."
- "His contribution to the demise of channel 10 should not be ignored."
Even some politicians got in on the act. NSW member of the Christian Democratic Party Fred Nile made a reference to the Margaret Court interview, and directly linked The Project and Channel Ten's problems:
While federal senator Cory Bernardi also got in a Project reference:
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