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Exclusive: Seven Network staff remain unsettled after Sydney Siege

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Presenters will now spend more time indoors on Seven's Sunrise. image source - News Corp

Presenters will now spend more time indoors on Seven's Sunrise.
image source - News Corp

It’s a challenging time for the staff and crew at Seven’s Martin Place studio’s as they return to work for the New Year after last December’s Sydney Siege.

This website understands Seven has conducted a detailed review of security at it’s Martin Place studios and has implement a number of new measures to help protect staff from future incidents.

On the 15th of December, self-styled Iranian cleric Man Haron Monis took 17 people hostage in the Sydney Lindt Chocolate Store building closely located near the Seven studios. Police believe Monis picked the location to maximise media exposure. The Seven studio, which was broadcasting The Morning Show live at the time, was evacuated during the incident.

Sources from within Seven have told this website that security at the Martin Place building has been notably increased since the siege, with one stating that they "try to keep busy and not think about it."

Many staff members had a clear view of the siege through office windows. It is understood that Seven has offered counselling to anyone that feels they need it.

All outside broadcasts that have been deemed unnecessary have now been cut, with management making the decision to keep high-profile presenters within the studio as much as possible.

Weather segments on Sunrise are now under careful consideration with Seven only allowing them to occur from “controlled locations.”

A spokesperson for Seven refused to comment yesterday telling this website "Security, and matters to do with security, are not for public comment."

 

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