Radio boss Warner: Watchdog investigation into radio standards is disappointing

The boss of industry body Commercial Radio Australia says she is disappointed by media watchdog ACMA’s move to examine how radio stations conduct live segments involving the public.  

As Mumbrella reported earlier today, the Australian Communications and Media Authority said that it was going to examine whether a specific standard needed to be put into place. It was triggered by public outrage when a 14-year-old girl on 2Day FM’s Kyle & Jackie O was quizzed about her sexual experiences and revealed that she had been raped.

But Joan Warner, CEO of the CRA, said in a statement: “The industry will obviously respond to this inquiry and participate fully. However it is disappointed that ACMA feels an enquiry into the whole industry (261 radio stations) is warranted based on the unfortunate radio segment in question that was broadcast on one station in one market.”

She added: “We are also disappointed that ACMA has chosen not to wait for the Codes complaints and investigative processes into this particular incident to be completed before launching this broader enquiry. “

“ACMA’s own attitudinal research shows that only 1 in 5 radio listeners have heard something of concern in the last 12 months and the majority of these were concerned about news stories.”

Yesterday the CRA named the Kyle & Jackie O show as a finalist in various categories of its Australian Commercial Radio Awards.


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