Channel Nine airs Australian Open promo featuring song by disgraced pop paedophile Gary Glitte

Channel Nine raises eyebrows after airing an Australian Open promo featuring song by disgraced pop paedophile Gary Glitter – just weeks before his release from prison

Channel Nine has featured a controversial song choice in a new ad for the 2023 Australian Open

On Tuesday morning, the network aired a promo starring tennis ace Novak Djokovic, with the song Rock N Roll Pt 2 by disgraced paedophile Gary Glitter as the backing track. 

The ad begins with a shot of a beaming Djokovic playfully wiggling his bottom as he prepares to return a serve. 

Djokovic starts dancing, before suddenly transforming into DC Universe villain The Joker – a reference to the Serbian star’s nickname ‘Djoker’. 

Rock N Roll Pt 2, which was also played during the iconic staircase scene in Todd Phillips’ film Joker, blares in the background.

British glam-rock singer Glitter, born Paul Francis Gadd, was jailed in 2015 for abusing three young girls, and is reportedly due for release in a matter of weeks. 

Channel Nine has raised eyebrows after airing an Australian Open promo featuring song by disgraced pop paedophile Gary Glitter - just weeks before his release from prison. Pictured: Tennis ace Novak Djokovic in the Nine ad

Pictured: Pop paedophile Gary Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, performing in London in 1973

Channel Nine has raised eyebrows after airing an Australian Open promo featuring song by disgraced pop paedophile Gary Glitter – just weeks before his release from prison. Pictured left is tennis ace Novak Djokovic in the Nine ad, and right is Gary Glitter performing in London in 1972

The 1972 hit Rock N Roll Pt 2 is regarded as sporting anthem, and is often played at live events despite Glitter’s dark past.

Glitter found fame in the 1970s as part of the glam rock scene, scoring number one hits with I’m The Leader Of The Gang (I Am), I Love You Love Me Love and Always Yours. 

He was first jailed in 1999 after pleading guilty to 54 offences of making indecent photographs of children under 16.

The ad begins with a shot of a beaming Djokovic playfully wiggling his bottom as he prepares to return a serve. He then begins dancing on the court

The ad begins with a shot of a beaming Djokovic playfully wiggling his bottom as he prepares to return a serve. He then begins dancing on the court 

He suddenly transforms into DC Universe villain The Joker - a reference to the Serbian star's nickname 'Djoker'

He suddenly transforms into DC Universe villain The Joker – a reference to the Serbian star’s nickname ‘Djoker’

The singer was disgraced two years previously when a computer technician discovered thousands of child porn images on his laptop while servicing it.

Glitter was then jailed in Vietnam for two years in 2006 for sexually abusing two Vietnamese girls, who were aged 10 and 11.

In 2015, he was sentenced to 16 years in prison for historical sex offences against three girls between the ages of 8 to 13, at the height of his fame in the 1970s and 1980s. 

The 1972 hit Rock N Roll Pt 2 is regarded as sporting anthem, and is often played at live events despite Glitter's dark past. Pictured: Glitter in 1987

The 1972 hit Rock N Roll Pt 2 is regarded as sporting anthem, and is often played at live events despite Glitter’s dark past. Pictured: Glitter in 1987 

He was found guilty of one count of attempted rape, one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 13, and four counts of indecent assault. 

Now aged 78, Glitter will reportedly be released from prison in a ‘matter of weeks’ after serving just half of his 16-year sentence.

Sources in the Ministry of Justice reportedly told The Sun earlier this month that the ‘nature of his determinate sentence means the case won’t go to the Parole Board.’

In 2015, he was sentenced to 16 years in prison for historical sex offences against three girls between the ages of 8 to 13, at the height of his fame in the 1970s and 1980s

In 2015, he was sentenced to 16 years in prison for historical sex offences against three girls between the ages of 8 to 13, at the height of his fame in the 1970s and 1980s 

‘It simply means that as soon as his sentence is over, he is free to walk out of the prison gates,’ the source added. 

They said that Glitter had ‘kept his nose clean in prison’ so his sentence will be nearly over.

An offender who is convicted of a sexual offence is released on a strict licence.

Pictured is Glitter's mug shot, taken in February 2015 following his arrest

Pictured is Glitter’s mug shot, taken in February 2015 following his arrest 

The terms of the licence can include staying in an approved premise, obeying a curfew and having GPS tagging, not having unsupervised contact with children and restrictions on internet usage.

Victims’ families can also be protected from unwanted contact through exclusion zones being set up.

If offenders breach the conditions, the Probation Service can recall them to prison.

Now aged 78, Glitter will reportedly be released from prison in a 'matter of weeks' after serving just half of his 16-year sentence

Now aged 78, Glitter will reportedly be released from prison in a ‘matter of weeks’ after serving just half of his 16-year sentence

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