LUCKY FOR KYLE, IT’S A MAN’S WORLD
You want to know what I hear about Kyle Sandilands?
Austereo programmers are well aware that his antics are dragging 2DAY-FM through the mud, but their private worry is: “Who have we got to replace him?”
Although, after yesterday’s ratings saw his show dip below 10 percent, they may be having an urgent look about.
I’ve always defended Kyle as being technically, a good broadcaster – fearless, feisty and fast on his feet. Despite his failings, in no way do I condone the very personal and hurtful bashing he or Jackie O (pictured above) have had to endure.
As for the things Kyle’s been saying about me on air lately? It’s been appalling, all round.
However, while we’re all agreed that “we need to talk about Kyle”, 2DAY-FM management has been asleep at the wheel.
They know he delivers car crash radio. They actively encourage him to drive faster. But, like all shock jocks, he needs an air bag.
That’s not only a decent delay button (at last) but, more to the point, the guidance of decent men who hold their audience of young women in the highest regard.
(And FM programmers are men. There are only three women in senior programming roles in FM radio across the nation.)
A senior radio insider told me that if the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) – which yesterday imposed a new licence condition on Austereo that prohibits it from broadcasting “indecent content or content that demeans women or girls” – was seriously armed by the government it would have imposed a $500,000 fine on the station.
ACMA has warned 2DAY-FM that a repeat of offences which have been deemed to be “deeply derogatory and offensive” would see the station facing a suspension or cancellation of its broadcasting licence.
They have said there may be more to come if the station does not uphold “decency”.
Southern Cross Austereo released a statement saying that the conditions imposed on it are “unworkable”. The CEO,Rhys Hollaren said he would do everything he can to stop the new checks and balances.
In an article in the SMH by Julian Lee, lawyer at King & Wood Mallesons, Katrina Rathie said: ”It shows a loophole. Kyle dodges a bullet and gets off scot-free and 2DayFM gets a lashing with a feather.
”[The authority's] enforcement powers are virtually zero. It has no power to discipline presenters and I think the court of public opinion would want that.”
Heard of a gummy shark? As it stands, that’s ACMA. Can’t really blame the chairman, Chris Chapman. Seems he’s as frustrated as the rest of us.
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