News October 12, 2021

Four Corners episode investigating Sony Music watched by 602,000 metro viewers

Four Corners episode investigating Sony Music watched by 602,000 metro viewers

Last night’s Four Corners episode delving into the fall of Sony Music Australia’s CEO Denis Handlin, as well as the toxic culture within the organisation, was watched by 602,000 metro viewers overnight.

The figures do not include those who streamed the episode on the ABC’s broadcast video on demand (BVOD) platform iView.

The show was most popular in Melbourne (183,000) and Sydney (182,000).

It was only beaten in the timeslot by Channel 10’s Have You Been Paying Attention? which had 697,000 metro viewers. Channel 9’s Love Island Australia had 311,000.

Overall, Four Corners was the 9th most-watched program last night.

The program included a number of revelations about Handlin’s time at the top, including evidence that Sony’s New York HQ was well aware of the company’s systemic issues for decades.

Sacked former executive also went on the record, apologising for making people feel uncomfortable, but claiming he was a scapegoat for a much wider issue.

ARIA has also released a statement in the wake of the episode’s premiere last night.

How did we get here? A timeline of  ’s upheaval 

12 April: Tony Glover sacked by Sony Music Australia over allegations of inappropriate behaviour
15 June: 
Sony Music Australia under investigation by head office for harassment & bullying
21 June: Sony Music Australia and New Zealand CEO Denis Handlin to depart
22 June: 5 questions that need answering after Denis Handlin’s exit
23 June: 
Sony Music’s Pat Handlin & Mark Stebnicki stood down as work culture investigation continues
24 June: ‘It is time for change’: Denis Handlin sends note to Sony Music Australia staff
24 June: Lawyers who previously represented Titus Day in battle against Guy Sebastian could bring class action against Sony Music Australia
28 June: Inside the Australian music industry’s toxic underbelly
12 July: Law firm considering class action against Sony Music Australia inundated with responses
26 August: Everybody Knows: A five-part investigation into Australia’s toxic music industry launches
31 August: Inside the investigation that will expose Australia’s music industry
1 September: Denis Handlin speaks: ‘I would never tolerate treating women in an inappropriate manner’
24 September: Wayne Ringrow departs Sony Music Australia
11 October: ‘Systemic bullying, discrimination & misconduct’: Over 100 people break their silence on Sony Music Australia
12 October: Sacked Sony executive Tony Glover denies sexual harassment allegations & says he was a ‘scapegoat’

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