TIME TO PULL THE PLUG ON ALAN JONES
The only one who can silence Alan Jones is you.
Not 2GB. Not ACMA. And not the Liberal Party.
Jones is 2GB’s fourth-largest shareholder, commanding an audience of almost half a million people every week, but the Power Station sticks by its announcers through thick-headed racial vilification and thinly-veiled misogyny, because it makes money.
People power will topple the King of Talkback. Photo by Dean Sewell via afr.com.
ACMA is known as Australia’s Clayton’s Media Authority after finding Jones’ “chaff bag” comments about Julia Gillard did not incite violence.
And the Liberal Party speaks to its conservative base with the assisted amplification of the shock jocks.
These things will never change. So it’s up to us to pull the plug.
People power will topple the king of talkback.
“Noisy displeasure with advertisers and companies is incredibly powerful,” explains market researcher, Neer Korn.
“The paradigm has shifted, and any consumer with a phone or laptop can be a match for an expensive PR campaign.”
Already Woolworths, Mercedes Benz, Bing Lee, Freedom Furniture and Challenger have pulled their ads, prompted by a now 70,000-strong-and-counting petition on change.org.
Some regional affiliates have dumped his show, while organisers of an anti-coal seam gas rally have withdrawn his invitation to speak.
Woolworths’ withdrawal is significant: its head of government affairs, Simon Berger was MC at the Sydney University Liberal Club dinner where Jones made the comments; he donated a chaff bag jacket which was auctioned on the night.
At first, the company removed anti-Jones comments from its website, creating a new catchphrase, “Woolworths the fresh fraud people“.
But others, including Volvo, Virgin Australia, Toyota, Roses Only, Peter’s of Kensington, Hyundai, and Harvey Norman are conspicuous by their silence.
2GB tried to remove the sponsor list from its website, but you can still locate it here.
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