Could there indeed be ‘dark forces’ at work in Sky as Richard Keys, the now former Sky presented suggested this week, after the maelstrom which resulted in his sexist comments with co-commentator, Andy Gray, last weekend?
I have to admit when I read in media – before this erupted – that Andy Gray was considering suing the News of the World over possible phone hacking did make me wonder how good an idea that was, considering the News Corp link with Sky. While in no way condoning what was said, the remakrs were not made on air and must have been leaked from somewhere.
After the initial ‘leak’, there followed further revelations about similar sexist behaviour taken from rehearsal tapes which appeared on YourTube. You do have to ask how these recordings found their way out of Sky HQ. Remember that it was a Sky recording that exposed Gordon Brown’s comments about Gillian Duffy’s alleged bigotry on the campaign trail in Rochdale.
To put his case it was interesting that Kays chose talkSPORT – a station with the tagline “for men who like to talkSPORT”. This was a great PR coup which helped the station’s profile, even making a video of the interview available to other news channels. At the start of the interview, Keys said he was stopped from apologising earlier which begs the question: did Sky want to keep control?
So, where do Keys and Gray go from here? Could they be lined up – after a short break – for a return to the airwaves with talkSPORT? Sky also has a big hole to fill as Keys and Gray are so closely linked to its football coverage. Interesting times at Sky Towers.
The irony of this week’s events is that Andy Gray made his name in English football playing for Wolverhampton Wanderers. When he signed for them in 1980, he was reported saying “I want to end my career at Molineux”. Now, where was the game last Saturday played?