Sportsman Channel has suspended its hunting series Syndicate Hunting (aka The Syndicate) in the wake of news that its host has been charged in a federal poaching investigation.
The series has been suspended with immediate effect pending an internal investigation, Jim Liberatore, CEO and President of Outdoor Sportsman Group Networks, confirmed:
“Sportsman Channel is aware of the charges leveled yesterday in Alaskaagainst Syndicate Hunting and is conducting an internal investigation of this matter. We take this situation very seriously and have acted swiftly to suspend the show, its producers and talent. Our networks stand for ethical practices in hunting and we will continue to adhere to this rule.”
Reno, NV-based company Syndicate Hunting said via statement:
“It is unfortunate that the Sportsman Channel has determined that at this time they must remove Syndicate Hunting from their programming lineup, while disheartened we respect their decision to do so. … Some media outlets have reported that Syndicate Hunting was also charged following the poaching investigation. This is inaccurate. Neither Syndicate Hunting, or Mike Dianda were charged with poaching violations or crimes. Syndicate Hunting was cited for ‘filming and airing footage without obtaining’ the proper permit.”
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Will the hunter become the hunted, or can Syndicate Hunting escape the Cancellation Reaper? Stay tuned…