Staffer turns against Sandilands as brands go to air despite pulling ads

Signs of internal views at Southern Cross Austereo about Today Network presenter Kyle Sandilands have emerged, with national account manager Julie Anne Dacumos taking to Twitter to describe Sandilands as “a douche”.

Her comments came after a testing 48 hours for the network following Sandilands’ attack on a female News Limited journalist. In on air comments, he described Alison Stephenson as “a piece of shit” and made personal comments about her appearance after she reported negative tweets about his TV show. He also threatened to hunt her down.

Dacumos, based in the company’s Melbourne office, complained that staff on reception had been threatened and that security had been stepped up. She tweeted:

“Increased security, threats @reception & most key advertisers withdrawing their business. Thanks Kyle Sandilands. You’re a douche! #VileKyle”

In a further issue for the network, this morning’s show aired ads featuring some brands that have publicly announced they were pulling their business.  

American Express announced on its Facebook page late last night: “Amex pulled its advertising from the Kyle and Jackie O show earlier today. We respect people. Thanks for your support.”

But the brand was today bombarded with complaints on the Facebook page from people who had heard its ads aired at least twice this morning. It told followers that it was investigating.

Meanwhile, Fantastic Furniture, which had also said it had withdrawn its ads, featured just after the 8am news.

Telstra, which also pulled its own ads, remained featured in advertising on the show this morning because it has the naming rights to the Sydney Telstra 500 V8s race which was advertised shortly before 8am.

Late last night Southern Cross Austereo boss Rhys Holleran issued “sincere apologies”.


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