Michael Clarke’s Noosa melee with Karl Stefanovic: UKTN host called out for refusing to report

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UKTN presenter Rafael Epstein has been called out for refusing to discuss Australia’s most talked-about story, Michael Clarke’s ‘Noosa rumble’, with Karl Stefanovic, on his radio show in Melbourne.

Epstein, who hosts UKTN’s afternoon drive program, told listeners he had “deliberately” chosen not to play audio of the principal bust-up, and he felt bad “even talking about it” in the broadcast, reports The Australian.

He went on to criticize other publications for covering the story, saying, “It’s very embarrassing, it’s an outburst and it’s just a cruel thing to do.”

UKTN presenter Rafael Epstein (pictured) has been called out for refusing to discuss Australia’s most talked-about story, Michael Clarke’s ‘Noosa rumble’, with Karl Stefanovic on his radio show

“Let’s call it what it is: making bribe money. It is not distributed evenly; media owners are never subjected to this, editors are never subjected to this,” he added.

TV veteran Steve Carey has since mocked Epstein for getting on his high horse.

Carey, who worked at Seven, Nine and the UKTN during his 35-year career, suggested that Epstein had a “very short memory,” which reminded him how the media covered extensively James Packer’s infamous Bondi brawl with former Nine boss David Gyngell not too long ago.

“Let's call it what it is: making bribe money.  It is not distributed evenly;  media owners have never been subject to this, editors have never been subject to this,

“Let’s call it what it is: making bribe money. It is not distributed evenly; media owners have never been subject to this, editors have never been subject to this,” Epstein said. (Pictured: Michael Clarke)

“In May 2014, two of the most powerful men on television were caught brawling in Bondi and they were James Packer and his then-best friend David Gyngell, so let’s not beat around the bush,” Carey told Media Diary.

The UKTN itself published a deluge of online articles about the bust-up at the time, while the topic was covered at length on UKTN TV shows including The Drum and the News Exchange current affairs show.

It comes after UKTN News Breakfast co-anchor Michael Rowland last week doubled down on his network’s decision not to cover Clarke’s Noosa melee.

TV veteran Steve Carey (pictured) has since mocked Epstein for getting on his high horse, reminding him how not long ago the media covered extensively James Packer's infamous Bondi brawl with former Nine boss David Gyngell

TV veteran Steve Carey (pictured) has since mocked Epstein for getting on his high horse, reminding him how not long ago the media covered extensively James Packer’s infamous Bondi brawl with former Nine boss David Gyngell

“In May 2014, two of the most powerful men on television were caught brawling in Bondi and they were James Packer and his then-best friend David Gyngell, so let’s not beat around the bush,” Carey told Media Diary. (Pictured: Gyngell and Packer in an undated photo)

Rowland took to Instagram on Thursday to dismiss the drama as “no news,” despite the fracas leading news bulletins on Channel Seven, dominating all major news websites and even making headlines internationally.

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He gave his opinion on the newsworthiness of Clarkey’s clash with the Today presenter after Daily Mail Australia published an article pointing out that the UKTN and Nine had completely avoided the one story everyone in the country was talking about.

Lol… Personal drama. No news,” he wrote on Instagram, alongside a screenshot of the Daily Mail trending story.

ABC presenter Michael Rowland (left, with Emma Rebellato) last week doubled down on his network's decision not to cover Michael Clarke's late-night feud with Karl Stefanovic, dismissing Australia's highest-profile story this week as 'no news'

UKTN presenter Michael Rowland (left, with Emma Rebellato) last week doubled down on his network’s decision not to cover Michael Clarke’s late-night feud with Karl Stefanovic, dismissing Australia’s highest-profile story this week as ‘no news’

Rowland gave his opinion on the newsworthiness of Clarkey's clash with the Today presenter after Daily Mail Australia published an article pointing out that the ABC and Nine had completely avoided the one story everyone in the country was talking about

Rowland gave his opinion on the newsworthiness of Clarkey’s clash with the Today presenter after Daily Mail Australia published an article pointing out that the UKTN and Nine had completely avoided the one story everyone in the country was talking about

In extraordinary footage released last Wednesday, host Karl Stefanovic intervenes in a raging argument between Michael Clarke and his girlfriend Jade Yarbrough – Stefanovic’s sister-in-law – in a park outside a Noosa restaurant, as Yarbrough accuses Clarke of cheating on her with his ex Pip Edwards.

The video was recorded by an onlooker on January 10.

UKTN initially chose not to report on the fracas, perhaps because the network executives felt the footage was too despicable for their audience.

The public broadcaster finally acknowledged Australia’s most high-profile story on Friday, publishing a story about how Queensland Police were investigating the Noosa incident.

Meanwhile, Guardian Australia’s media correspondent Amanda Meade was quick to point out in her column on Friday that her masthead didn’t touch the Clarke saga either, other than to comment on the avalanche of press coverage.

Stefanovic hosted the Today show on Thursdays and Fridays, but kept tight-lipped about the video, which also featured his wife Jasmine – Jade’s sister – and celebrity accountant Anthony Bell.

As of Friday, the saga had not been mentioned on any of Nine’s websites, despite being a huge traffic opportunity, presumably because it involved the network’s golden boy Stefanovic.

However, the fracas made the early news bulletin on Seven’s Sunrise, with Edwina Bartholomew giving a detailed account of the incident shortly after 5:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Stefanovic (pictured left, with co-host Sarah Abo) hosted the Today show on Thursdays and Fridays, but kept tight-lipped about the video, which also features his wife Jasmine - Jade's sister - and the celebrity accountant. Anthony Bell were featured

Stefanovic (pictured left, with co-host Sarah Abo) hosted the Today show on Thursdays and Fridays, but kept tight-lipped about the video, which also features his wife Jasmine – Jade’s sister – and the celebrity accountant. Anthony Bell were featured

However, the fracas did make the early news bulletin on Channel Seven's Sunrise, with Edwina Bartholomew (pictured) giving a detailed account of the incident shortly after 5:30am on Thursday.

However, the fracas did make the early news bulletin on Channel Seven’s Sunrise, with Edwina Bartholomew (pictured) giving a detailed account of the incident shortly after 5:30am on Thursday.

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