Fox FM refuses to put out last Matt & Jo show podcast featuring attack on management



Fans have questioned why the podcast of the final Matt and Jo show, which featured outspoken comments about Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) management, have not been made available by Fox FM.

In his final broadcast on the long-running breakfast show with Jo Stanley on November 29 Matt Tilley hit out at the culture at SCA, which stopped him from playing his famous “gotcha” prank calls, branded Kyle Sandilands “a bearded lump of cholesterol” and called-out chairman Max Moore-Wilton for his “shit happens” comment to investors.

But, while full versions of their other shows from the week are available on the iTunes feed, the last show has not been put up, with SCA telling fans “technical issues” prevented them putting the show online.

One fan took to Facebook to say:

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In the speech Tilley said: “I reckon you beautiful people who listen to the show are being short changed at the moment, because this company quivers under the draconian regulations imposed on us because of the behaviour of that bearded lump of cholesterol Kyle Sandilands.

“The world has changed. It sounds like bongo drums down the corporate corridors of this building as sphincters just slam shut at the thought of another bad story in the press. It’s just too risky.”

He also blasted management for banning him from playing the prank “gotcha” phone calls, claiming it made them “a million bucks” and defending them saying they never tried to exploit people in a mean way”. He also attacked the comments made by Max Moore-Winton around the death of nurse Jacinta Saldanha when he told shareholders “shit happens” in October.

Tilley added: “But I think it sucks that under the shadow of other people’s indiscrepancies this show has just kept working and kept working. More recently our distinguished chairman addressed this malaise with aplomb when he said quite simply “shit happens”.

“Well you know what mate, shit doesn’t just happen. People work really really hard around here to make anything happen and they could do with a bit less callous disregard and a bit more empathy and support I reckon ‘cus you listeners love the work this station produces.”

Then, referring to the 30-second delay imposed on Sandilands and Jackie Henderson by regulators which allowed censors which sit in on the show to “dump” controversial content before it gets to air he added: “You might think shit happens but let me say this, we’re live right now so that’s one dump that will not be happening today.”

You can hear the full audio of the speech on Radio Today from five minutes in.

Despite the outburst SCA has given Tilley a new show with Joe Hildebrand, although one SCA source told Mumbrella it would have been “costly” to pay him out of the final year of his contract. “He’s been on Fox since 1990, so you can imagine he’s on a pretty good package”, they added.

On the same day Sandilands also took a swing at management as he left for rival Australian Radio Network’s new Kiis 1065 breakfast spot saying: “We’ve loved it here. God we’ve made millions of dollars out of these people. Thank you very much. And we’ve made this company hundreds of millions  too, so don’t worry about that.”

None of the Kyle and Jackie O show podcasts are now available on iTunes.

SCA declined to answer questions from Mumbrella as to why the podcast has not been made available, with a spokeswoman stating: “Our focus is on the new show and what’s in store for 2014. Our fans of the 2013 shows have an enormous amount of content from their years on air it’s not all about the final few hours on air.”


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