Jamie Murphy is set for a massive pay day after being released from Bali police custody without charge, with the Nine and Seven networks set to fight it out with their cheque books for an interview with the Perth teenager.
Murphy was allowed to return home on Wednesday after it was found that the white powder allegedly found on him at a Bali nightclub was not an illicit substance, but in fact a mixture of painkillers, cough medicine and caffeine.
Mainstream media networks are ready to pounce on the opportunity to swing the kid some cash in return for an interview, with The Australian reporting that Nine and Seven would be reluctant to pay any more than $10,000 for such a story.
However, The Australian noted that programming schedules may prove an issue for the networks in snagging a chat with Murphy.
Nine’s A Current Affair is potentially off-air until Tuesday because of the day-night cricket Test between Australia and South Africa, while the conclusion of the official ratings year tomorrow means that Nine’s 60 Minutes and Seven’s Sunday Night is expected to air a significant amount of old footage on Sunday.
According to The Australian, this leaves the option of a five-minute interview with Murphy to feature during the networks’ news bulletins.