TV & Radio

Mar 27, 2012

Sandilands and the ‘fat slag’ — vitriol, but not incitement

ACMA is proposing an additional condition on 2DAY-FM’s broadcast licence ... Another slap with a wet lettuce from our lofty regulator of the electronic media, writes David Salter, veteran journalist and former Media Watch executive producer.

There must be a small clique of investigators in the Australian Communications and Media Authority who give quiet thanks in their evening prayers to the Sydney radio controversialist Kyle Sandilands. Complaints against his daily 2Day FM program, the Kyle & Jackie O Show, must just about keep them in continuous employment.

There have been six separate ACMA investigations of the program under the Commercial Radio Codes of Practice since April 2009, the last of which resulted in this morning’s finding that the station had broadcast comments by Sandilands that were “deeply derogatory and offensive”, and that 2DAY was therefore in breach of the code. (Under the Act, the media authority only has the power to find against the station licensee, Southern Cross Austereo, not the person whose words prompted the initial complaint.)

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14 thoughts on “Sandilands and the ‘fat slag’ — vitriol, but not incitement

  1. Fred Jansohn

    I just wondered whether other than the ACMA anyone is listening to this pre-neanderthal numbskull and, if so, why?

  2. paddy

    Goodness, it would have been fun to watch if ACMA had turned on the blowtorch for even a just few hours.
    Imagine the *squeals* if they’d actually fired a real shot and said.
    “2DayFM. You’re off the air for 12 hours. Next time it’s 24. Then it will be a week”

  3. klewso

    Why doesn’t ACMA look at the vitriol used in the rest of the amassed media, to denigrate Gillard?

  4. tom.burton

    This article contains serious errors about the ACMA, its findings in this matter and its powers.
    The Authority found that the licensee 2Day FM breached the decency provisions of the Commercial Radio Codes of Practice. The article suggests the Authority thereby acquired the power to suspend or cancel 2Day FM’s broadcasting licence. That is a serious misrepresentation of the matter. The ACMA had no such power in this case.
    That power to suspend or cancel may arise from a breach of a licence condition, but no licence condition was breached or alleged to have been breached in this matter. Power to suspend or cancel a licence does not arise from a breach of a Code of Practice, and that is what this case concerned.
    As Chris Chapman said in his press conference this morning, in proposing to impose a licence condition the ACMA is proposing to take the strongest possible action that is available to it under the law. The ACMA obviously must operate within the bounds of the law and simply can’t exercise powers that do not exist.

    Tom Burton, Executive Manager Media and Communications, ACMA

  5. Andybob

    Gosh Tom, and there I was thinking ACMA was a toothless tiger.

  6. Michael de Angelos

    I don’t know which is worse-our so-called regulators or the yobs that listen to these dills who are on the whole, just boring.

  7. paddy

    @TomBurton Thanks for the clarification.
    However, I’m still a tad confused.
    By proposing to impose a license condition on 2Day FM, does this mean that if he, (Kyle) should re-offend, that ACMA could impose harsher penalties on 2Day FM?
    Such as suspension or cancellation of their license?

  8. AR

    As with the witless who read Mudorc’s dead tree tabloids or watch ACA & TT, or morning TV, it is a sad fact that Demos is easily manipulated, even to its own disadvantage by loud/shiny things and trivial, not to say, destructive opinions.
    PT Barnum, Roger Ailes, Karl Rove and the creatures of Sussex St & Menzies House use this weakness to the detriment of our common weal.

  9. c d

    I still don’t see the problem. It was a News Ltd ‘journalist’ he abused, it’s not like a real person was harmed.

  10. beachcomber

    I thought Kyle Sandilands WAS the fat slag

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