‘Sunrise’ producer exposes the truth behind Pauline Hanson’s TV appearances

There was never any doubt that when Pauline Hanson re-entered the public eye there was going to be a media

There was never any doubt that when Pauline Hanson re-entered the public eye there was going to be a media storm to cover it. However, one channel that was key to giving her the exposure she needed to win the election has been exposed for paying her for the privilege.

The executive producer of Channel Seven’s flagship show Sunrise has admitted that they paid Pauline as a regular correspondent. Michael Pell, who is the Sunrise EP told news.com.au “Pauline is one of a number of paid regular commentators on Sunrise” continued that she never appeared alone and talked about a wide range of topics not just her political aspirations.

While Michael Pell doesn’t seem to see an issue with the paid appearances, Pauline herself took great umbrage with an interviewer from the website Buzzfeed when she was asked about her appearances. Pauline told the reporter “I’m not saying whether I am (being paid) or not. I don’t see it is any of your or the public’s business whether I am paid or not. There’s a lot of appearances that I make on TV I can tell you, I don’t get paid.” Pauline concluded with saying “So I’m not answering your question because it’s none of your business and it’s no one’s concern about any arrangements that I may have, I’ll have you know I am possibly not getting paid for it, but then again I’ll state, it’s none of your business.”

Some have said that Pauline’s appearances were only to generate ratings based on the controversial statements she was bound to make. Particular attention has been paid to her appearances on both Sunrise and Today after the horrible Paris terrorist attacks. Many taking offence are her being used as an expert voice when she is not an expert on terrorism.

During the election that saw Pauline’s One Nation party claim a number of seat have been credited in part to the regular appearances on the Sunrise program. The fact that she was paid to promote her election bid while picking up a cheque has left a bad taste in the mouths of many on social media.

What do you think? Do you believe that Sunrise acted ethically pay Pauline for her appearances? Do you think that the critics are only looking to excuses to be angry with her?


  1. Chris  

    Why bring her to the spotlight? Let her have a go, for goodness sakes……….

  2. Roy Bridges  

    What rubbish, most people that go on there get payed. Give her a fair go where you agree with her or not othe wise you are what you may think she is.

  3. rosemarie allen  

    As was stated she was not the only one getting paid but is the one mentioned to get a bigger hype.

  4. Carolyn Mash  

    For goodness sake LEAVE PAULINE ALONE, she has gone through hell and high water already. So what if she did get paid, so did the others, and it is her business not anyone else’s. Just give her a go and let her get on with saving us from the egotistical, money grabbing fools who want to sell off our country and let our culture be destroyed. One day you might just thank her!!

    • Lynne  

      Well said Carolyn. Couldn’t have said it better myself. So sick of the media who usually bad mouth her. Go Pauline, you’re only saying the things that most normal Aussies are thinking.

    • Joanne  

      This is why Australia is in such a huge mess Pauline voices what we are all wanting and thinking and was not in my face every five minutes during this rubbish election. For the times she was on apparently Channel 7 paid the other two loosers spent thousands of dollars of our money or do you think they put their hands in their own pockets. We all complain about the way our country is run but when given the chance don’t do anything to change it either stand up or shut up.

    • Why should she not get paid ? she is a true Australian , worried about her country NOT a rich poly looking for prestige .
      Good on you Pauline

    • Joy Anne Bourke  


    • colin  

      6 million is a lot for going through hell and high water, as that is what she has been paid for being a narrow minded racist bigot. I pity her gay son.

      • Lorraine  

        Colin ,I think you are the narrow minded one .😡

  5. Des alexander  

    She has to make a living

  6. so what if she is paid all others get paid .i never voted because she was on your show I voted because she is honest and believes in Australian and dose not believe our farms should not be sold to people that live in China or overseas and jobs should Not be sent overseas.. And that people that come to our country live by our laws . And we should be taking care of our vets and homeless before illegals

    • Claudia  

      I agree Jennie
      What she says is what a lot of us think.Here comes the Witch hunt again.Id rather haveher than the sneaky libs.

  7. Pauline hogan  

    So what if she gets paid. I bet 99% of the other guest speakers they have on the show do to. Its noones business. Anyone wld think its coming out of yr pockets! Typical muck raking by ppl who have nothing better to do.

  8. There have been many before Pauline that have appeared on this and other channels who have been paid and nothing has been said about them,so what is the big deal. What was there to expose? Pauline was paid to express an opinion on a subject that the channel put forward. Big deal.

  9. Pat Zammit  

    Why shouldn,t she get paid if she is working for them

    • bruce taylor  

      It matters not if she was paid. Anybody who would listen to her bigoted rants is just as stupid as she is. I am ashamed that my country could elect someone like this to parliament.

  10. Barbara  

    Never seen her on any of the shows that you have mentioned .So never swayed my voting preference

  11. Di Hayward  

    Who cares if she was paid. The reason Pauline is back is because, it’s a protest vote by the people. Major parties don’t care to listen to the voters concerns. She’s grass roots australian, & that’s why she got votes.

  12. Bronwyn  

    I was voting for her and I don’t watch sunrise any way so you go one nation!

    • Joy Anne Bourke  

      I voted also for her. I don’t watch sunrise either not since Kochi did the dirty on Melissa Doyle.

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