Crocmedia has today confirmed a second employer has tested posted to COVID-19, which caused network boss Craig Hutchison to miss Monday night’s Footy Classified.
It comes after Daisy Pearce had to pull out from her Friday night commentary duties as a precaution after an SEN employer tested posted who works in the same studio.
All staff at the company’s offices have been directed to get tested urgently.
Crocmedia released the following statement on the matter.
“Crocmedia on Friday reported an employee had tested positive for COVID-19 and today confirmed a second case,” the statement read.
“We are working with DHHS to complete all of the regulatory processes and precautions.
“Our broadcast services will continue to operate under COVID-safe guidelines – with most of our Melbourne-based on-air talent broadcasting from home studios as well as the utilisation of other inter-state offices and studios as required.
“We want to thank all of our staff – particularly our on-air and broadcast staff for their dedication and work practices during this difficult COVID-19 pandemic.”
According to The Herald Sun, the Department of Health Human Services Victoria told Hutchison about the concerns over the workplace late on Monday as he was preparing for Footy Classified.
It caused him to withdrawal from the show, with Tony Jones stepping in as host.
All members of Crocmedia’s Southbank office are being tested on Tuesday and will need to self isolate as they await their results.
Additionally, a number of AFL commentators share the broadcast studio with Crocmedia, including 3AW’s Sports Today program, Damian Barrett and Hutchison’s Sounding Board podcast and Caroline Wilson’s Don’t Shoot the Messenger podcast.
Matthew Lloyd was also in the studio on Monday before filming Footy Classified.
An SEN spokesperson told The Herald Sun: “The business is currently undertaking a deep clean to the potentially affected areas.
“Our absolute priority is the health and wellbeing of our staff and contractors and we are closely following all COVID-19 protocols as set by the Victorian Government.”