For release: Thursday, 2nd May, 2013

Despite admitting its Kings Cross bestiality billboard was a “lapse of judgement”, Foxtel was being helped to cash in on the controversy by Fairfax Media, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.

ACL spokesperson Wendy Francis called on Fairfax Media to stop running advertising for Studio 132 and Foxtel alongside its online articles which detail the public outrage at Foxtel.

“It is bad enough that Foxtel almost certainly purchased this billboard with the full intention of getting free advertising out of the inevitable controversy, but now Fairfax Media is complicit by running advertisements for the very program alongside articles criticising it,” Ms Francis said.

“There seems to be no limit to the ends to which our media is prepared to debase itself in the pursuit of profit.

“If Fairfax Media is at all serious about its article’s criticisms of Foxtel, it should not be lamely complicit in providing the advertising they always sort.

“Where is the Advertising Standards Board in the midst of all this?” she said.

9.07am UPDATE: Fairfax Media has contacted us to advise it's suppressed the advertising on the story.