Aussie Radio Stations Ban Songs With The Word 'Fire' Amid Bushfire Crisis
Several radio stations across Australia have chosen to remove some songs from rotation as to not be "insensitive" during Australia's devastating bushfire crisis, which has left countless homes destroyed and at least 25 dead.
Stations such as The Hit Network -- which broadcasts Sydney's 2DayFM and Melbourne's Fox FM stations -- kicked off the ban on Wednesday, The Age reported.
The move will reportedly see tunes containing any mention of fires, burning and "finding it difficult to breathe" -- such as in Sia's "Fire Meet Gasoline" -- being nixed from rotation.
A spokesperson for the network confirmed the move in a statement, which read:
"Out of respect for the devastation impacting so much of our community, we have removed any songs that could be considered insensitive or in poor taste across both the Hit and Triple M networks nationally."
According to The Age, fellow Aussie radio giants, including Australian Radio Network and NOVA, have both said they would be reviewing their playlists as they do on a regular basis.
"ARN regularly reviews playlists based on listener feedback and are always mindful of how some songs may affect our audience, especially given the devastating impact of the bushfires," a spokesperson for ARN said, while NOVA's head of programming, Paul Jackson, said that their playlists had been reviewed several months ago.
"We are conscious of the sensitivities music and lyrics can have," he said. "We also have a call-to-action every hour advising listeners on how they can support or donate to organisations like the RFS, CFA, RSPCA and Red Cross."
Reaction to the decision has been mixed, with some believing the music ban would fail to help the situation, while others praised the move as appropriately sensitive to those affected by the fires.