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PM 'upskirting' comment sends radio shock jock off-air

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Noel Towell

Jorian Gardner.

Jorian Gardner. Photo: Marina Neil

A Canberra radio host has been banned from the airwaves by his employer after an on-air joke this morning about "upskirting" the Prime Minister.

Radio 2CCs Jorian Gardner has been silenced for at least a week by station management after suggesting during the station's morning show that Communications Minister Stephen Conroy should wear a "penis cam" during cabinet meetings so that he could film up the skirt of Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Gardner and breakfast show host Mark Parton were pursuing the theme of a story in today's Canberra Times about the police union calling for "lapel cams" for Canberra's police uniforms when the former arts promoter and blogger, who is also the station's news director, made his remarks.

The Canberra Times understands the station imposed the on-air ban after a heated discussion this morning between Gardner, Parton and 2CC program director Pete Davidson.

"He has certainly breached the commercial radio codes of practice as far as decency codes are concerned," Davidson said.

"We wanted to send a message to Jorian that it's not acceptable.

"We've decided that from our point of view we needed to take this action.

"It's not a long suspension, but we needed to send the message that this wouldn't be tolerated."

The host, who is not stranger to controversy, acknowledged his remarks were inappropriate but said they were insignificant compared with other recent high-profile on-air radio incidents.

"I acknowledge that the jokes this morning were inappropriate and I apologise to anyone who may have been offended, but think it is a massive over-reaction from management to suspend my on-air commitments until further notice," he said.

"This is the same type of ban imposed on Kyle Sandilands when he interviewed a 14 year old girl about her sexual experiences - only to find out she had been raped.

"I hardly think a bad-taste joke about Julia Gillard and Stephen Conroy is really in the same league."

 

221 comments

  • what a grub

    Commenter
    qwe
    Location
    sydney
    Date and time
    June 14, 2012, 3:01PM
    • Speaking for grubs, that's offensive.

      Commenter
      Ant Nom
      Location
      Cumberland
      Date and time
      June 14, 2012, 3:20PM
    • In defence of grubs, I object to your identification of Jorian Gardner with the species.
      At least grubs have good taste.

      Commenter
      Trespasser
      Location
      Moruya
      Date and time
      June 14, 2012, 3:20PM
    • The "I'm not as vile as Kyle" defence. It may be true - but hardly convincing since almost anyone could use it.

      ...Mike

      Commenter
      Mike F
      Location
      Cheltenham, NSW
      Date and time
      June 14, 2012, 3:26PM
    • Totally.

      Commenter
      huh?
      Date and time
      June 14, 2012, 3:28PM
    • i agree. and what a weaselly response to bring in Kyle Sandilands to excuse himself. Yes let's all behave reallly really badly and blame people for holding us to account...what a bore.

      Commenter
      slippet
      Date and time
      June 14, 2012, 3:36PM
    • Totally agree with you on that one, but unfortunately it seems to be the norm these days where our media be it radio, television or internet - show zero respect for our politicians.

      Commenter
      Jake
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      June 14, 2012, 3:43PM
    • I for one like that his ilk are being held to account, ggod job 2CC management. Gives one hope that the likes of Jones and Hadley will get their cumuppance at some point.

      Commenter
      eyeroll
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      June 14, 2012, 3:55PM
    • these people are paid to rabbit on about whatever the news (or non-news) is for the day in the most interesting and/or comedic way possible. In their 10,000 throwaway comments a week about any topic, I fail to see why they are then punished for one particular innocuous comment in some kind of arbitrary way! If any media person is boring or bland for too long they go the way of the dodo without this power trip reaction from station management being even required. Kyle Sandilands is still on the air because he still rates so well, no matter how crude/obnoxious/childish he is. I wonder why the haters of Sandilands etc don't ever wake up and realize that they are actually only representing a small minority view?? The 10% of listeners that tune in to Kyle every single damn day (making him king/number 1) obviously have no problem and moreover apparently enjoy his show (despite the politically incorrect mindless blather). These fascist, authoritarian, and dictatorial decisions, taken by people in positions that should be defending free speech (not the opposite), is a great threat to our declining democracy and the remaining rights of the individual.
      P.S. I don't like Sandilands style myself, hence I don't listen to him! Its pretty straight forward for me. If my opinion was in the majority he would be off air! And as for the above story. wow. A silly schoolboy level attempt at humour or something? woopi do. Grow up everyone and especially people in power...consider the wider ramification of your actions.

      Commenter
      eyeswideopen
      Location
      earth
      Date and time
      June 14, 2012, 4:14PM
    • Yes there is a double standard. All these comments about the offence to Julia. What about Stephen Conroy? Do you think he wants to be associated with a "penis cam"?

      Commenter
      Joseph
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      June 14, 2012, 5:03PM

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