Derryn Hinch almost SACKED for comments on David Hookes's love life

Untold story of how Derryn Hinch was nearly SACKED for revealing details about the love life of cricket legend David Hookes just after he died when he was punched by a bouncer outside a pub David Hookes died after an encounter with a bouncer at a St Kilda hotel in 2004  His 3AW colleague Derryn Hinch revealed he split from his wife after his death  Outburst sparked 3AW staff to campaign for Hinch to be sacked from the station 

By Jackson Barron For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 23:52 GMT, 4 November 2020 | Updated: 00:07 GMT, 5 November 2020

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Media personality and former senator Derryn Hinch has revealed he was nearly sacked from his radio job for unveiling details of cricketer David Hookes' love life after his death.

Hookes died after being punched by a bouncer and falling backwards and hitting his head on a footpath outside the Beaconsfield Hotel in St Kilda in Melbourne in January 2004.

The former batsmen played 23 tests for Australia before becoming coach of the Victorian state side and enjoyed a successful media career as a sports broadcaster on 3AW radio.

Former Australian cricketer and radio personality David Hookes (pictured) died after an encounter with a bouncer at a St Kilda hotel in 2004

Former Australian cricketer and radio personality David Hookes (pictured) died after an encounter with a bouncer at a St Kilda hotel in 2004

Following the tragedy, Hinch broadcast on 3AW that Hookes was no longer with his wife Robyn and had been out with his new girlfriend Christine Padfield on the evening of his death.

The disclosure angered colleagues who started a campaign to have him sacked from the station, believing he had tarnished Hookes' reputation.

'In my opening editorial that day, paying

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