Mar 13, 2012

ABC Radio presenter, the voice of Katter hate ad, stood down

A currently-serving ABC Radio presenter voiced the notorious Bob Katter Australian Party attack ad roundly condemned by all sides of politics and has been stood down by the broadcaster.

Andrew Crook — Former <em>Crikey</em> Senior Journalist

Andrew Crook

Former Crikey Senior Journalist

An ABC Radio presenter revealed as the voice of the notorious Bob Katter Australian Party attack ad — roundly condemned by all sides of politics — has been stood down by the national broadcaster.


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27 thoughts on “ABC Radio presenter, the voice of Katter hate ad, stood down

  1. Cuppa

    Another leftist at the ABC! …Oh, wait, scratch that. The tired old myth of the ABC as a leftist hive does not fit the facts.

  2. Same Stale Shoes

    …delivering homophobic lines like “the LNP leader supports gay marriage, just like Greens leader Bob Brown” and “is a vote for LNP leader Campbell Newman a vote for gay marriage?”

    Shockingly homophobic. That’s a factual statement and a legitimate question god damn it.

  3. Malcolm Street

    Wait for Bolt and co to come out claiming that Ms McGill is the victim of a witch-hunt from those ABC Leftists…

  4. LJG..............

    I would hope it is poor judgement on her part – but as another part time employee who has one of these clauses in my contract it would put her in a difficult situation.
    As the ABC could offer her only a part time job of course she had to get work elsewhere – and is she meant to take another part time job as a cleaner so it doesn’t conflict with her ABC announcer?
    I think it’s a little sad that someone so far down the food chain gets the hit.

  5. Mack the Knife

    And yet Their ABC can have IPA paid casual commentators on the Drum that never have to announce their political and corporate affiliations when commenting on relevant issues.

    Same with OneSiders

  6. Daniel

    “Shockingly homophobic. That’s a factual statement and a legitimate question god damn it.”


  7. Suzanne Blake

    @ Malcolm Street

    The WA journalist is a victim of a leftist witch hunt.

    But…..she will win. Its Restraint of Trade – so many precenents in IR courts, it will last 2 minutes in front of a judge

  8. Alfonse

    One can lay a large wager on the fact that had she “voiced over” a local charity promotion, no-one – lastly the ABC would bother to have any interest in whether she has breached an alleged policy.

  9. Lyn Gain

    Yes, LJG and Mack the Knife. While Katter’s ad is really low, how dare the ABC withdraw work from a casual employee for not obtaining permission to get some casual work elsewhere. And what purpose did Crikey have in drawing the ABC’S attention to the matter – was this instrumental in getting McGill investigated and probably further casual work withdrawn? Doesn’t Andrew Crook have anything better to do.

  10. AR

    Had she been a tenured/permanent employee one would expect such a clause but a casual? What if she’d done some bar tending or croupier shuffling to meet her bills, would that also have been deemed to detract from the ABC integrity?
    Leaving aside the tacky nature of the ad., she woman is a professional voice and, like barristers having to take the next job in the list, however loathsome, this seems very much like some Jobsworth in HR being too big for their boots.

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