Crikey received this off-the-record tip yesterday:

An e-mail went out to all 2UE staff from Graham Mott thanking Ian
Sheppard for his services etc. Peter Kukura who works with Lawsie sent an all
people reply saying words to the effect that 2UE would be a better place without
him. A follow up e-mail from Mott basically reminded staff of the e-mail policy
and Peter’s e-mail was defamatory and could possibly lead to a
termination.

For a spot of schadenfreude at Kukura’s expense, here’s that official response from Mott in full:

From: Graham Mott
Sent: Tuesday, 11 July 2006 6:49 PM
To: Peter
Kukura
Cc: Everyone – 2UE; Tony Bell; Adam Olding
Subject: Use of 2UE
e-mail

Peter,

All staff that use the 2UE e-mail system are governed by Company Policy. As
you are aware the Policy forms part of your obligations under your employment
contract; in particular it states the following:

14.3 User Responsibilities When Using E-mail:

When using the e-mail system you must not send or store any message that may
be regarded by others as defamatory, offensive, obscene, pornographic,
discriminatory, insulting or disruptive to any other person (for example
pictures of naked or semi-clothed people, personal comments about colleagues or
third parties).

It is clear that you do not agree with the Managing Director of Southern
Cross Broadcasting. Further, your e-mail carries the imputation that Ian
Sheppard did not perform his duties in a manner that was acceptable and as a
result your comments are clearly defamatory.

You are required to comply with Company Policy when using the 2UE e-mail
system. Failure to do so may cause the Company to take away your right to use
the system or your employment may be terminated as a result of your
misconduct.

Your inappropriate use of the e-mail system by making personal, insulting and
defamatory comments about a colleague to “everyone @ 2UE” has caused me to copy
this e-mail to all staff as a reminder of their obligation regarding the use of
the e-mail system.

The Company will not tolerate any further misconduct by you.

Graham

Graham Mott
Group General Manager Radio
Southern Cross Broadcasting (Australia)
Limited

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