Alan Jones' Radio Show Under 'Full Review' Following Latest Tirade
Alan Jones' breakfast show is under review following the controversy that arose from comments the shock jock made about Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Fairfax media is reporting it has received a letter from Macquarie Media chairman Russell Tate that was sent to fed up advertisers. Fairfax and 54 percent of Macquarie are owned by Nine Entertainment.
In the letter, Tate says Jones’ comments “fell below the community standards expected of us as a broadcaster”.
Tate apologised to advertisers on behalf of himself and Jones for the comments made on August 15 that New Zealand Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern should have a "sock [shoved] down her throat."
“This incident has brought into sharp focus the need for all Macquarie Media broadcasters to ensure that the debate they bring to the microphone and the words they use are, at all times, respectful and reflect the standards expected today by our listeners, our clients, and the wider community.”
Tate noted that Jones had apologised for the comments that saw the network lose a reported $1 million of advertising.
Around 100 advertisers, including big brands like Coles, have sought to put space between themselves and the controversial broadcaster.
“To that end, we have already commenced, with Alan’s encouragement and support, a full review of the 2GB/4BC Breakfast Show’s content, presentation and controls with a specific focus on audience and guest/third party engagement. That review will extend into all 2GB/4BC programs,” the letter read.
The fact is we got it wrong in the first place and we must now do everything possible to ensure that doesn’t happen again.
Tate also said the controversy had also highlighted how "offended groups" amplify their complaints to 'disrupt' advertisers who have done no more than seek to engage with the audience which chooses to listen to us".
In August, Jones criticised Ardern, saying Prime Minister Scott Morrison should "shove a sock down her throat" after she called Morrison out over Australia's climate change stance.
In the days after his initial comments, audio from ABC Radio surfaced that also revealed Jones said he hoped Ardern would get a few "backhanders" from Morrison.
The divisive but popular 78-year-old broadcaster could be heard saying: "Now I hope Scott Morrison gets tough here with a few backhanders - hasn't got a clue this woman."
Jones has often found himself at the centre of controversy for his at-times incendiary comments.
In 2012, he was slammed for two separate comments about then-PM Julia Gillard.
In the first, he claimed she and then-Greens leader Bob Brown should be "shoved in a chaff bag" and thrown into the sea, again during a rant on climate policy; in the second, he claimed Gillard's father had "died of shame".
In 2007, the Australian Communications and Media Authority ruled that 2GB had breached media rules by broadcasting comments "likely to encourage violence or brutality and to vilify people of Lebanese and Middle-Eastern backgrounds on the basis of ethnicity" before the 2005 Cronulla riots.
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