Smith’s latest incident is just one in a long list So what will Joe Hockey and Nick Xenaphon do now that their man in Sydney radio, Chris Smith, has gone public in Sydney’s Sunday Telegraph apologetic and blaming the fact that he was so drunk on champagne and red wine at the party and loaded on “the wrong antidepressants” that he became a “runaway train” and could not remember harassing four female colleagues or annoying two other workmates?

This is just one more episode in a long list of similar incidents.

In fact Smith is a serial offender, a pest with a past that 2GB (where he was suspended on Saturday morning after a report of the station’s party appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald’s weekend gossip column) kindly overlooked.

As Smith’s entry in the Wikipedia section on 2GB reads:

“Smith is also a controversial figure with numerous reports of his s-xual harassing of women and his many problems with alcohol…The performance by morals-crusading radio star Chris Smith at his station 2GB’s Christmas party involving not one but three glamorous young women has delivered him a particularly amoral dilemma. Smith led the charge against photographer Bill Henson last year during the controversy over images of nude children. Smith’s on-air tirades contributed to authorities shutting Henson’s show.

“The staunchly conservative married father of two and his on-air persona appear to be at odds given his past, which includes a notorious incident in the Channel Nine boardroom a decade ago.”

Several hours after the SMH report burst over Sydney’s lattes and short blacks, this report appeared on the SMH website:

“Macquarie Radio Network (MRN) has suspended 2GB radio presenter Chris Smith following incidents at the company’s Christmas Party. Macquarie Radio Network on Saturday issued a statement saying Smith had been suspended indefinitely. He has been on scheduled leave from his afternoon show since Monday and was due to be back on air on December 28.”

It seems management had not been prepared to speak to the SMH on Friday about the stories the paper was chasing. But as soon as Mr Tate saw the paper he acted.

During the controversy over the Chaser’s Make A Wish skit, Media Watch ran this quote from Smith about what to do with the Chaser lads.

“Chris Smith: …how about we offer a reward for anyone who can find a home address for some of these nasty smarmy fools. There you go. See that’d be a reply…”

His confected outrage during the Bill Henson story is further exposed by his actions. — Glenn Dyer

The NEW Jesus Phone. The most-hyped mobile since the iPhone, the “Google Phone”, has finally been revealed: It’s called “Nexus One”. It will be out in January (in the US, at least), and Google will be selling it directly to consumers. It looks like this. And according to Tweets from Google employees and tech insiders, it’s pretty awesome, described variously as:

Google Phone = iPhone + a little extra screen and a scroll wheel. Great touch screen, and Android. — @CoryOBrien


A sexy beast. Like an iPhone on beautifying steroids. — @GreatWhiteShark

Is the iPhone’s reign on the smart phone market about to come to an end?

News Ltd’s Xmas gift to the nation: new newspaper reader data! As we prepare to shut up shop for the silly season a media war has flared, with goodwill apparently giving way to generous helpings of deep-seated hatreds. At issue is how newspaper and magazine readership is measured. Flowing from that is a huge slice of the national print advertising spend of $4 billion a year. That’s a lot of loot, so it’s not surprising that the stoush over who gets what and why is a deadly serious arm wrestle. What might surprise is the depth of personal feelings. — Mark Day, The Australian

Conchords‘ flight comes in to land. Please return your seat and tray tables to an upright position. We are today announcing that we won’t be returning for a 3rd season … While the characters Bret and Jemaine will no longer be around, the real Bret and Jemaine will continue to exist. — Flight of the Conchords

Big Oil continues to gag the UK press… Trafigura and Carter Ruck have become notorious for their willingness to use the UK’s repressive media laws to suppress legitimate criticism and comment. A number of other UK media have already been bullied into censoring stories about this case, but until now the BBC had stood firm. Unfortunately it appears that even the UK’s world-renowned public service broadcaster has now been muzzled by a rich corporation seeking to use the law to cover up the truth about its activities. — Wikileaks

… and Tiger Woods joins them. Tiger Woods has won an injunction banning the British media from reporting new details about his personal life after instructing London-based lawyers to take legal action. The move, described by lawyers as “unbelievable”, prevents the media reporting information that was already widely available in the US. — Guardian

Content Farms: the new media boogeyman. Is the Web becoming awash with low-quality content produced by content farms like Demand Media, and now AOL? Yes it is … Google is being infiltrated on a vast scale by content farms. — ReadWriteWeb

No hope for the Barack Obama 2010 calendar? The Barack Obama 2010 calendar which we bought for our calendar range is set to be the dud of the season. We’ve not sold a single copy. — Australian Newsagency Blog

Playboy’s pointless p-rn-free iPhone app. Apple has approved the official iPhone app for Playboy magazine — for fans of the articles, of course. Although the iPhone has a parental controls feature, Apple’s policies still prohibit nudity from appearing in apps. That means you’ll get access to Playboy interviews, feature stories, a behind-the-scenes preview video (nope, no naked bodies there) and other material that’s PG-13 at best. — Wired

Toyota’s new ad: sexist and inc-stuous. An online backlash is growing against a smutty Toyota ad featuring a girl’s father and boyfriend having an innuendo-laden discussion about taking her virginity and “having her on her back”. — mUmBRELLA

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