Deaker on Sport

murray-deakerMurray Deaker informed viewers of his Sky Sport program Deaker on Sport that it was his last.  His radio shows will also come to an end in December after nearly three decades in broadcasting.

The Sports Broadcaster of the Year last year, Deaker also received the award of Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to broadcasting in 2009.


jonah-lomu_lg_htmlIs it just me or is it every time Jonah Lomu makes a re-appearance in the media there is some new announcement he’s going to make?

Jonah Lomu – one of the first true global rugby superstars – will be Murray Deaker’s guest on Deaker On Sport for the entire hour of the LIVE show tonight on SKY Sport 2 at 8.30pm.

“It’s a privilege to have someone like Jonah Lomu on the show. Jonah’s an amazing man with an incredible story to tell and I really can’t wait to chat with this New Zealand legend on Deaker On Sport,” said Murray Deaker. Continue reading »

Several Sky TV sports presenters have spoken out against the network’s stance following Murray Deaker’s use of the “N-bomb” last week.

Deaker used the phrase “working like a nigger” during his Deaker On Sport show last week when describing a Southland sheep farmer, sparking public outrage.

However, Sky TV spokesperson Tony O’Brien said that while he wasn’t defending Deaker, he described it as a “phrase that’s widely used”.

But several Sky presenters disagree and have taken to Twitter to express their opinions on the matter.

Crowd Goes Wild presenter Andrew Mulligan said: “On behalf of myself as a contractor to Sky TV. That term is not `widely used’ and is a weak excuse. Studio crew discussing who works harder often used `Deaker level of work output’.”

He had earlier posted:  “Mark and I have been working on today’s show like a couple of caucasians.”

Rugby league presenter Stephen McIvor said: “Didn’t know the N-bomb was `widely used’ in our workplace. “Are we working on the set of Jurassic Park … somebody please say.

“99.9% of sky don’t live or talk like they’re in the dark ages!!!”

Sky TV are happy with the apology Deaker issued via a statement on Saturday.

Source: Stuff

Murray is currently overseas, however he has spoken to SKY and wishes to make the following statement regarding the Wednesday 1st June, ‘Deaker on Sport’ show that aired on SKY Sport2.

“It was a bad choice of words and I apologise unreservedly”, Murray Deaker.

Sports broadcaster Murray Deaker has earned more scorn after referring to someone with the term “working like a nigger” on his Sky TV show.  Sky TV’s spokesman Tony O’Brien didn’t want to defend the comments but did say “that’s a phrase that’s widely used”.

The Race Relations Commissioner said the phrase was “not appropriate”.


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Deaker On Sport…Exclusively Tiger, SKY Sport 1, Tuesday 15th December, 8.30pm to draw your own conclusions.

Seven months after the departure from his broadcasting roles Tony Veitch is making a return to television as a panelist on Sky’s Deaker on Sport.

The 34 year old former One News sports presenter and host of Game of Two Halves left his roles TVNZ and Radio Sport after allegations he had assaulted his former girlfriend were revealed.

No doubt there will be a lot of discussion about his appointment in this role as there is a trial pending with seven charges of assuault to be put before the court.

Embattled broadcaster Tony Veitch is returning to television, seven months after quitting TVNZ amid allegations he assaulted his former partner.

Veitch, 34, who faces seven charges of assault, has been hired as a panellist by Murray Deaker for his Sky TV show Deaker on Sport. His first appearance screens live this Wednesday, and comes as Veitch is also nominated as a finalist for best sports presenter in TV Guide‘s annual awards.

Veitch’s chance to resurrect his broadcasting career follows a personal approach from Deaker, who has overcome his own personal demons. Deaker said Veitch deserved a chance.

“He is a talented broadcaster, he loves sport and he should be given the opportunity to work. He hasn’t had any work for six months and the case is many months away from being heard so, in my opinion, it’s time he got back on the horse again.

“I just want Tony to be himself. I want him to be as near to him as possible.”

Veitch said sport remained a “massive part of my life”.

“I miss covering it and broadcasting on it immensely. I am also totally committed to returning to the career I love, and I am grateful to Sky and Murray for giving me the chance.”

Veitch’s trial is not expected to be heard until at least the end of 2010, a delay that his lawyer has described as a disgrace. Friends and family have been worried the uncertainty over his future has caused serious health concerns and prevented potential employment opportunities.

Deaker said Veitch had thought carefully about his offer. “He didn’t rush in and immediately say yes. But he has discussed it with a number of people and come back.”

Veitch would be paid. “If it works, I am sure he will be back – we have a lot of panel shows.”

Deaker has full editorial control over his show – he personally raises financial support to put it to air – and said Sky chief executive John Fellet was “totally happy” about Veitch’s role.

Deaker said he “couldn’t care less” about anyone who was critical of his hiring Veitch.

“I have thought this through and I don’t care. I firmly believe people should be given a right to use their skill and to work. I try and look at life by putting myself in other people’s shoes and of all the people who have worked in sport there are only a handful of people who have the same passion that I have and Tony happens to be one of them.

“I have been broadcasting for 20 years and I always know there will be a group of people who hate you, they won’t like whatever you do. I think what I am trying to do here is answer my conscience and put myself in his position and support him. I was given a chance after my breakdown and I want to give Tony a chance.”

Deaker, who has battled depression and alcoholism, said his employers had been good to him after that “big breakdown” in 2005.

“I was only off air for three weeks then I came back, so I was given a chance and I grabbed it.

“If I had stopped working and wasn’t allowed to work or go anywhere else to work I don’t know how I would survive. I hope this might open some doors for him.”

Deaker expected Veitch would be “nervous” and “perhaps uptight” in the first show. “But here’s the point … he has always been extremely passionate and energetic about his work and all I want to see is for that to come out on screen.”

Deaker and Veitch met last Wednesday to discuss this week’s show, with Veitch offering ideas and insights into the proposed topics, including the Black Caps’ performances.

Veitch has been named, alongside his former TVNZ colleagues Geoff Bryan and Andrew Saville, as a finalist for best sports presenter in the TV Guide awards.

Veitch said he and his wife Zoe had received “incredible support” from the public and sporting community in the past months. “I look forward to some good old-fashioned banter with Deaks.”

Source: Herald on Sunday.