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Alan Jones will broadcast ad-free from Monday after his own radio network pulled the remaining ads of the sponsors who have stuck with him.
In a statement Macquarie Radio Network announced a temporary suspension of all advertising on its 2GB Sydney breakfast show hosted by Jones.
The move follows a week of unprecedented focus throughout mainstream and social media on Jones and remarks he made recently at a private function regarding Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the loss of her father.
The statement says it has been prompted by actions being taken and threatened against companies advertising on the Alan Jones Breakfast Show.
Macquarie Radio Network executive chairman Russell Tate said “the nature, tone and volume of the reaction to Jones’ remarks, and in particular the threats being made through social media to companies advertising in Jones’ program and the disruption being caused to their businesses, have made it necessary for MRN to call some ‘time out’.”
“Some simple facts need to be acknowledged.
“There is almost universal agreement that Jones’ remarks were unacceptable, wrong and inexcusable. Alan himself acknowledged that from the moment he first advised me of them. He immediately arranged a media conference to state that publicly and apologise to the Prime Minister,” he said.
“Although the remarks were not made on 2GB, our position from the outset has been that a personal, unconditional apology was a necessary and appropriate response. I encouraged Alan to repeat the apology on 2GB when he first returned to air last Tuesday morning following his media conference. His apology was unambiguous and unconditional.”
Mr Tait said the threats to boycott Jones show were coming “almost entirely from people who do not listen to Alan Jones or 2GB at all – probably never have done and never will.”
They did not have the right to “decide for our listeners who and what they are going to hear on the radio station they choose to listen to, and on the other hand decide for Australian-based companies which media outlets they will or won’t use to advertise.”
“What we are seeing here is 21st century censorship, via cyber-bullying.
“We have taken this unprecedented decision to suspend advertising in the Alan Jones Breakfast Show until further notice so that all of our advertisers are on an equal footing, can regroup and discuss with us the way forward and how we together deal with these attempts to damage great Australian businesses.”
“The decision obviously comes at a very significant short-term cost to MRN. It is an insignificant price to pay for our audience to be able to listen to what they choose to listen to, and for Australian companies to advertise where they choose to advertise.”
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