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News.com.au editor-in-chief Penbo: Kyle Sandilands is a misogynist

News.com.au’s editor-in-chief David Penberthy has joined the growing row over Kyle Sandilands’ attack on journalist Alison Stephenson, accusing the Today Network presenter of being a misogynist.

As Mumbrella reported last night, Sandilands launched into a highly personal attack on the journalist after she reported on poor viewer reaction to his new television show Kyle & Jackie O’s Night With The Stars.

Sandilands described Stephenson “a fat slag” and “a piece of shit” and told her that if she didn’t watch her mouth he would hunt her down. He also made comments about the size of Stephenson’s breasts.

Today Penberthy responded to the attack his staff member with a posting on News Limited’s comment site the Punch, describing Sandilands as “a dead-set, rolled-gold, card-carrying dickhead”.  

 

Penberthy added: “I have never had the misfortune of meeting this oxygen thief. I have worked with a number of people who have upset him and been on the receiving end of one of his sprays. The thing which is really interesting is that, in every case, these people have all been women.

He went on:

“When Kyle gets upset he has a pathetic habit of not picking a fight with the male bosses of media organisations but the female reporting staff employed in junior or mid-ranking levels for those organisations.

“It is the mark of his misogyny and the mark of his gutlessness. In the past decade he called former Sydney Confidential columnist, now Woman’s Day editor Fiona Connolly ‘a fat toad’ when she was pregnant. He was just as abusive towards another Confidential writer, Holly Byrnes.”

Penberthy concluded: “Why does anyone employ him? Why would any brand advertise itself on his shows?
The bloke is a piece of shit. ”

In a further sign that the senior editorial ranks of News Limited are taking the attack on their staff member personally, a news story about the attack appears under the byline of  news.com.au editor Paul Colgan.

Colgan reports that show sponsor Holden has moved to distance itself from the comments. He reports a Holden spokesman as saying: “Kyle Sandilands’ comments do not on any way reflect the views or opinions of Holden and we are very disappointed to hear his personal attack on a journalist. We have raised our serious concerns with the station directly.”

The story is currently dominating the news.com.au home page.

Meanwhile, Southern Cross Austereo has this morning deleted the comments from yesterday’s audio podcast of the show.

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