Triple-vaxxed Mel McLaughlin confirms she’s the mystery Channel Seven staffer who tested positive for Covid during the Boxing Day Test
Mel McLaughlin has confirmed that she’s the mystery Channel Seven staffer who caught Covid during the Boxing Day Test.
The shock diagnosis caused the network to replace their entire on-air commentary line-up on December 26 and 27.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Mel, 42, confirmed that she was fully vaccinated and that the news came as a ‘big shock’.
Positive! Mel McLaughlin has confirmed that she’s the mystery Channel Seven staffer who caught Covid during the Boxing Day Test
‘I am double-vaxxed, I’d had the booster shot, I was producing negative daily rapid tests and then on Boxing Day night my PCR test was positive and my dream gig of hosting the Boxing Day Test was over,’ she said.
Mel has been isolating since receiving the diagnosis on the 26th of December, and said she was ‘pretty sick for a couple of days’.
Due to Seven’s strict Covid protocols, the network had to replace its entire commentary team of Mel, Ricky Ponting, Ian Botham, Simon Katich, James Brayshaw, Alison Mitchell, Tim Lane, Greg Blewett, Matthew Hayden, Trent Copeland, Glenn McGrath, Damien Fleming and Peter Lalor.
Shocked: Mel, 42, confirmed that she was fully vaccinated and boosted and that the news came as a ‘big shock’ to her
Big Bash commentators Alastair Nicholson, Andy Maher and Jason Richardson led the coverage instead.
Seven confirmed the changes in a statement at the time, but didn’t name Mel as the positive case.
‘The Seven Network confirms it is responding after a member of staff working on the Ashes broadcast at the MCG tested positive to COVID-19 on Sunday night,’ the network’s Head of Sport Lewis Martin said.
‘The staff member was asymptomatic at time of testing and has been in self isolation since the moment the positive test was returned.
Replaced: The diagnosis caused Seven to replace their entire on-air commentary line-up on December 26 and 27, which included Mel, Ricky Ponting and Ian Botham (all pictured)
‘Seven is activating its Covid measures to ensure the health and safety of all staff, as well as the broader community, and is working in line with all relevant guidelines and regulations. We are working closely with the MCG operational team and Cricket Australia.
‘Just as the broader community is experiencing, we have Covid response scenarios to ensure the impact on Seven’s broadcast is limited.
‘There have been a number of changes to today’s production schedule, which will be led by Alistair Nicholson, Andy Maher and Jason Richardson with expert comments from Lisa Sthalekar, Brad Hodge, Callum Ferguson, Michael Atherton and Dirk Nannes.
‘Seven’s number one priority is the health, safety and welfare of all staff and the community.’
Stepping up: Brad Hodge and Lisa Sthalekar (pictured with Abbey Gelmi) were drafted in after Mel’s Covid case forced the main presenters into isolation