We’re sorry for Kyle’s comments, says Southern Cross Austereo CEO

Southern Cross Austereo boss Rhys Holleran tonight issued  “sincere apologies” for the comments made about a female journalist by 2Day FM presenter Kyle Sandilands.

SCA issued a statement from Holleran saying: “Kyle speaks his mind, however, in this case we recognise that his opinions have caused offence and we sincerely apologise.”

Holleran said the SCA “does not condone” Sandilands’ comments.

The statement said that the organisation would be “addressing issues with Kyle personally and assessing internal systems and processes.” It added:

“We value our listeners and clients dearly and hold the utmost respect for their opinions and actions.”

The row first erupted after Kyle & Jackie O’s Night With The Stars aired on Monday night.

Journalist Alison Stephenson posted a story on summarising negative tweets about the show.

On Tuesday morning Sandilands launched into a tirade against Stephenson, describing her as “a piece of shit” and making personal comments about her appearance.

Later that morning, the ratings for the show proved to be poor.

By Wednesday, sponsors and advertisers were coming under pressure from the public, with Holden, The Good Guys and Vodafone withdrawing.

These were followed on Thursday by Telstra, Blackmores, Harvey Norman, Fantastic Furniture, Crazy John’s and Medibank.

This morning Sandilands addressed the issue, saying that he was sorry if Stephenson had been offended, but that she should think again before criticising him next time.


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