2UE’s David Oldfield suspended over asylum seeker gaffe

Talk back radio station 2UE has stood down fill-in drive time presenter David Oldfield after just three shifts following comments he made about asylum seekers.  

Oldfield was today forced to apologise on air for his comments during his show yesterday when he said the electric fence at the asylum seeker detention centre in Christmas Island should be turned on.

The One Nation co-founder was filling in for regular drivetime presenters The Two Murrays who are on annual leave. Oldfield was scheduled to take the drive time seat this week and then move onto to another time slot as a fill in.

Tim McDermott, 2UE general manger told Mumbrella: “We’ve suspended him from today in light of his comments yesterday. We do plan to use him again but we needed to take a stance and he has apologised for his comments.”

The station’s regular late night presenter Mike Jeffreys has stepped into the drive time slot in the interim.

The incident closley follows Oldfield’s abrupt exit from rival 2GB, where he was replaced in his overnight shift with Jim Ball who had left the radio station for 2UE two years ago.


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