2UE To Apologize For Remarks On Gays
June 17, 2008 at 5:08 AM (PT)
FAIRFAX MEDIA Talk 2UE/SYDNEY will apologize for remarks about homosexuality in 2003 that drew a complaint against the station and a 2004 ruling that it had "vilified" gay people.
The station and hosts STEVE PRICE and JOHN LAWS appealed the original decision by the NEW SOUTH WALES Administrative Decisions Tribunal, but the station has now settled the matter with gay activist GARY BURNS, with PRICE issuing an on-air apology and making an A$10,000 donation to the BOBBY GOLDSMITH FOUNDATION. The apology is expected to air within the next three weeks.
The case arose from a discussion by LAWS, recently retired, and PRICE about two gay TV home renovators. BURNS is appealing a separate case over remarks by LAWS about "QUEER EYE FOR THE STRAIGHT GUY" co-host CARSON KRESSLEY in 2004, which the tribunal ruled were broadcast in good faith and meant to be humorous.