Brisbane music impresario Vince Agarol has launched court action against SBS TV for banning him from its singalong program broadcast live across Australia last night.
The network’s Australia’s Biggest Singalong was broadcast from Sydney Town Hall and linked people at remote locations and in their homes across the country who sang along with former Hunter and Collectors’ guitarist and song writer Mark Seymour to the band’s big hit Throw Your Arms Around Me.
Mr Agarol – creator of an as-yet unproduced rock opera about Brisbane’s notorious “Poo Jogger” caught in 2018 after defecating on strangers’ driveways while out for jog – said he had joined the broadcast online as SBS had encouraged viewers to do.
“I went online and joined the singalong, admittedly because it gave me a chance to use a national platform to promote my big project, Poo Jogger – the Musical,” he said.
“But I was shocked at how I was treated. SBS blatantly discriminated against me when it dropped my online feed and refused to let me rejoin the broadcast.”
Mr Agarol said throughout the program SBS producers had regularly featured a selection of people who had joined the broadcast online.
“But within seconds of me appearing as a featured performer from my Brisbane lounge room (pictured), the producers deliberately cut the vision and excluded me from the online feed,” Mr Agarol said.
“All I was doing at the time was trying to promote my work. It’s just not fair that I got dumped in mid-dump then couldn’t log in once I’d chopped a log.
“As an artist I won’t stand for this treatment and I’ll see SBS in court to assert my rights,” Mr Agarol said.
An SBS spokesperson said the broadcaster would not be commenting on Mr Agarol’s legal challenge.