2GB's Jones Rips Australian Radio Regulator Over Ruling
April 11, 2007 at 5:45 AM (PT)
MACQUARIE RADIO Talk 2GB/SYDNEY host ALAN JONES ripped radio regulator AUSTRALIAN COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA AUTHORITY on his WEDNESDAY show (4/11) for its ruling that JONES and the station breached the Australian broadcasting code on two DECEMBER 2005 broadcasts. The ACMA said that comments on JONES' DECEMBER 5 and 9, 2005 shows were "likely to encourage violence or brutality... (and) likely to vilify people of Lebanese background and of Middle Eastern background on the basis of their ethnicity" and encouraged the racial riots at CRONULLA that ensued DECEMBER 11.
THE AUSTRALIAN reports that JONES said the ACMA had "little radio experience or knowledge of talkback radio" and that the segments in question involved listener comments, and had himself told listeners not to promote the rioting. He said that the original complainers had only heard selective excerpts from the show played by the rival ABC, which had also provided the listeners with instructions on filing a complaint with ACMA. "If people don't listen to the program all the time, why then are 26 seconds of comment that I might have made? They can't have their argument both ways," JONES said. "This outfit which regulate radio ... if that doesn't constitute bias I don't know what does."
In an unrelated move, STW COMMUNICATIONS GROUP LTD. Exec. Chairman RUSSELL TATE has resigned from MACQUARIE RADIO NETWORK's board of directors, citing increased responsibilities at STW.