The Australian Communications and Media Authority has found radio presenter Kyle Sandilands breached radio code of practice last year when he labelled News Limited journalist Alison Stephenson a “piece of shit” following her negative report of his TV show, A Night with the Stars.
The media authority found the comments he made were derogatory and said steps were being taken to impose new licence conditions on Sandliland’s employer, 2Day FM.
“The Authority found the comments by Mr Sandilands deeply derogatory and offensive and in all the circumstances a licence condition is the appropriate response,” said ACMA chairman Chris Chapman.
In its findings, ACMA said the remarks breached the Commercial Radio Codes of Practice 2011.
But Mr Chapman said the ACMA found the comments did not breach the code prohibition on inciting serious contempt or severe ridicule on the grounds of gender.
“Although the comments conveyed hatred, serious contempt and severe ridicule on the grounds of gender, they were not considered likely to incite those feelings in others,” he said.
“From now on Sandilands will be prevented from broadcasting any material that is likely to demean women or girls or face a loss of licence,” The Sydney Morning Herald reported.
In January, ACMA announced it would investigate Sandilands’ conduct – saying it was acting on complaints about the radio host.
Late last year, Sandilands sparked controversy when he said of News Limited journalist Alison Stephenson:
“You’re a piece of shit. This low thing, Alison Stephenson, deputy editor of news.com.au online. You’re supposed to be impartial, you little troll…. You’re a bullshit artist, girl. You should be fired from your job… Watch your mouth or I’ll hunt you down.” He also called Ms Stephenson a “fat bitter thing” and attacked her hairstyle and breast size.
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