Alan Jones broke the rules of decency for ‘inaccurate’ comments about climate change and Jacinda Ardern
Alan Jones is ordered to apologize on the air after breaking the rules of decency for ‘inaccurate’ comments on climate change and Jacinda Ardern
- Radio broadcaster Alan Jones has been ordered to make an on-air correction
- The 2GB breakfast host has also been called on for violating decency rules
- Australian Communications and Media Authority has examined his comments
- Jones on air said Scott Morrison should ‘push a sock down Ardern’s throat’
- “Now I hope Scott Morrison has a hard time with some backhanders here,” he said
- The findings come a week after Jones announced his shock radio retirement
Alan Jones has been commissioned to make an on-air correction for his “inaccurate” comments about climate change and Jacinda Ardern after calling the Prime Minister of New Zealand a “complete clown.”
The Australian Communications and Media Authority found that the experienced broadcaster violated the rules of decency last year after calling on Scott Morrison to “push a sock down her throat” following Ardern’s comments on climate change.
“I wonder if Scott Morrison will be fully notified to push a sock down her throat … Now I hope Scott Morrison is having a hard time with some backhanders here,” the 2GB breakfast host said last August on the air, shocking listeners.
Jones’ comments on Ardern came after the New Zealand leader said the Morrison government will have to “answer the Pacific” about global warming at the Pacific Islands Forum in the Pacific Islands.
Top rated radio broadcaster Alan Jones has been commissioned to make an on-air correction to his ‘inaccurate’ comments on climate change
On air last year, Jones said of Ardern, “I wonder if Scott Morrison is fully briefed to push a sock down her throat.”
Jones’ comments on Jacinda Ardern came after the New Zealand leader said the Morrison government will “have to answer to the Pacific” for global warming at the Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu last year
ACMA found that the 79-year-old’s statements about Ms Ardern were “offended against generally accepted community standards of decency.”
The penalties included an erroneous statement by Jones that biomass is a fossil fuel, and the incorrect presentation of figures regarding Australia and New Zealand’s energy consumption from solar and wind energy.
ACMA found that these comparisons were not based on similar data.
“The factual error and inconsistent information was used to misrepresent that Australia generates more energy from renewable sources than New Zealand,” ACMA Chairman Nerida O’Loughlin said in a statement on Thursday.
Ms O’Loughlin said that broadcasters under their own industry code have a responsibility to make reasonable efforts to ensure that the facts presented are correct.
The findings come after the media heavyweight announced his retirement on the air after 35 years on the air last week, citing doctors’ advice.
Jones insisted that it was his decision to leave the radio midway through his two-year contract for $ 8 million for health reasons.
But sources claim that Jones’ departure has been in the pipeline for several months with Nine – who owns 2 GB – after a massive advertiser dropout and public reactions to his controversial comments about Ms. Ardern.
Jones’ comments have cost Nine an estimated $ 20 million and impacted the company’s ability to attract lucrative ad deals.
More than 100 advertisers, including Coles, Big W, Commonwealth Bank, McDonald’s, and Bunnings, canceled their spending by 2 GB in the wake of the saga, which cost an estimated $ 80,000 a day in lost revenue.
Alan Jones’ Comments on Jacinda Ardern
“I just wonder if Scott Morrison is fully briefed to push a sock down her throat.”
“Now I hope Scott Morrison has a hard time with some backhanders here.”
“I hope he goes to the throat this morning.”
Clearly, the decision was made after Tom Malone, the boss of Nine Radio, visited Jones on his property in Fitzroy Falls earlier this month, The Sunday Telegraph reported.
Jones took a week off before returning to work last Monday, when he told his long-serving team that he would finish by the end of this month.
Both Jones and Nine insist that the broadcaster depart on its terms.
“It was Alan who invited me to his farm for lunch,” Mr. Malone told the publication.
“We were able to facilitate Alan’s request to quit for health reasons.”
Nine acquired 2 GB shortly after Jones faced a wide public reaction last August when he called Ms. Ardern a “complete clown.”
Jones later wrote to Mrs. Ardern to apologize unconditionally for the public insult.
“Prime Minister, I want to assure you that I had no intention of proposing any violence against you,” he wrote in an email to Mrs. Ardern.
Jones also released an airborne public apology, while his then-employer Macquarie Radio warned he would be fired if similar comments were made again.
Sources claim that Jones’ departure has been in the pipeline for several months with Nine – who owns 2 GB – after a massive advertiser dropout and public reactions to his controversial comments about Ms Ardern