Carrie Bickmore’s partner has avoided disciplinary action after accidentally revealing himself to ABC co-workers in an unfortunate Skype bungle last month.
Chris Walker, the executive producer of comedy show The Weekly, starring Charlie Pickering, stripped naked in front of stunned colleagues after he thought he’d left a video conference on May 17.
Up to nine staff members caught the gaffe, which reportedly saw Walker completely naked for between 40 seconds and two minutes.
The workers were offered “counselling” to cope with the shock, but it has now been revealed Walker is “unlikely to face serious sanctions,”The Australian reports.
Following the incident being leaked to the Herald Sun, a spokesperson for Walker explained he was merely undressing for a shower and had failed to disconnect from the meeting.
The ABC similarly responded, describing Walker’s stripshow as “unintentional”.
“The ABC is aware of an unintentional incident which occurred involving the production team for The Weekly,” it said in a statement.
“The ABC is in regular communication with the relevant team members and are in the process of developing strategies to ensure an incident of this nature does not occur again.”
In a follow up report, a source quoted in the Herald Sun claimed that as Walker stripped off his pyjamas in the bathroom in preparation for a shower, ABC control room workers were flashed close-up images of his genitals.
An anonymous employee told the publication they felt the situation had been dealt with lightly due to Walker’s production company, Thinkative Television, being a key client of the ABC.
They asserted it was a clear instance of “double standards” within the public broadcaster.
“You’re not allowed plastic bottles in the building but the nude guy is on the screen but that’s hilarious,” they said.
“If it was an ABC person [instead of someone from an external production company] they would never be allowed to set foot in the place again.
“The reason we are all concerned about it is [because] the ABC are moral preachers.”
Speaking to The Australian over the weekend, however, a TV insider said: “It was a genuine mistake. Obviously, the ABC is taking it seriously if people were traumatised.
“But if serious action was taken against Chris Walker for an accidental flash, there’d also be an outcry.”
It is not the first time that Mr Walker has accidentally exposed himself on a call.
Bickmore explained on her Carrie & Tommy radio show back in November that her partner had walked in “with his bits out” while she was conducting an interview on Zoom, while other journalists around the world were watching.
“Full-frame in the corner [of the screen] was Chris with his meat and veg, just standing there for the entire world’s press to see,” Bickmore said.