Sattler sacked over Gillard interview

 
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
[color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Perth radio broadcaster Howard Sattler is "flabbergasted" after being sacked Perth radio station 6PR following yesterday's bizarre interview with the Prime Minister.[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]"I've given 28 years of my life to this station," Sattler told [url=http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/howard-sattler-sacked-by-6pr-20130614-2o989.html][color=#484848][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]WAtoday's Aleisha Orr[/font][/color][/url]. "I don't want a medal or anything for it but I've done a lot of good for a lot of people. I'd like to think I could have done more good."[/font][/size][/color]
[center][color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][img]http://images.theage.com.au/2013/06/13/4488522/729gillard1112-620x349.jpg[/img][left][color=#666666][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]6PR host Howard Sattler interviewing Julia Gillard in the studio. [i]Photo: Courtesy Channel Ten[/i][/font][/size][/color][/left]
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[color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]In a statement read on air in the late afternoon (AEST), the station apologised "unreservedly" for allowing questions about the sexuality of Ms Gillard's partner, Tim Mathieson, to be raised by Sattler on his Drive program.[/font][/size][/color]
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[color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]"In the wake of yesterday's interview, Radio 6PR suspended Mr Sattler from Broadcasting pending a review of the matter today," the [url=http://www.6pr.com.au/statement-regarding-howard-sattler/20130614-2o988.html][color=#484848][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]statement[/font][/color][/url] said. "The station has now decided to terminate Mr Sattler's engagement."[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Sattler had been [url=http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/shock-jock-suspended-for-gay-question-to-pm-20130614-2o6lm.html?rand=1371178337133][color=#484848][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]taken off air indefinitely[/font][/color][/url] after questioning Ms Gillard on Thursday. Earlier on Friday, Mr Boylen said reaction to the interview on the station's website had been “pretty much one way” in condemning it as disrespectful and irrelevant.[/font][/size][/color]
[center][color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][img]http://images.theage.com.au/2013/06/14/4489240/Howard_wide-620x349.jpg[/img][left][color=#666666][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Whoops: this photo, since taken down from the 6PR website, was posted after Howard Sattler's bizarre interview with Julia Gillard on Thursday.[/font][/size][/color][/left]
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[color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]6PR is owned by Fairfax Media, publisher of this website.[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Sattler, who later apologised on air for the interview, has found few supporters among his fellow broadcasters.[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Former 3AW broadcaster and Seven Network commentator Derryn Hinch branded the Fairfax Radio employee a “coward”.[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]"This is just low-life stuff and Howard is being a coward on this," he said. "This was low life and it diminished the office of prime minister."[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]"I thought the prime minister showed a lot of class, a lot of style," Hinch added.[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]"She should have leaned across the desk and slapped his face."[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Sydney radio talkback host Ray Hadley said he would never ask about anyone's sexuality.[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]“Of all the things ... I could ask her, that would be the last thing I would choose to ask the prime minister," Hadley told ABC radio. "The sexuality of anyone, be it her partner or anyone else is no one's business."[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Melbourne broadcaster Neil Mitchell said Sattler was a “nice, gentle man” before going on to condemn the interview, which he described as “stupidity on a stick”.[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]“Now, we all make mistakes, but this was a beauty,” the 3AW presenter said.[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]It has been suggested that Sattler's contentious line of questioning was prompted by sliding listener figures.[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Last month his ratings were down 1.1 points to just 8.4 per cent of the audience in his timeslot.[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Sattler has also had some widely publicised health problems, reportedly suffering a stroke last year. Recently, the 67-year-old has spoken about his treatment for Parkinson's Disease.[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]No stranger to controversy over the years, New South Wales-born Sattler was caught up in the cash-for-comment furore in 2000 when the Australian Broadcasting Authority examined deals he had with Optus, Qantas and Mitsubishi.[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]He is also known for being unpredictable in his positions, most recently castigating parents who refused to vaccinate their children.[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]"Predictable is boring,” he said in an interview with [font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Sydney Morning Herald[/font] in 2000. “I'll roll with the flow. I'm prepared to chuck the whole three hours [of scheduled material] if something better comes along. There won't be any situation where I'm locked in - I'll throw premiers out of studios, prime ministers off the air, if something better comes along."[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Perhaps, his most infamous on-air moment - until yesterday - came when he made the comment “good riddance to bad rubbish” in response to hearing about the deaths of three indigenous car thieves.[/font][/size][/color]
[color=#000000][size=1][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]He has since repeatedly made the point that he did not know that the dead were aboriginal and therefore the comment was not racist.[/font][/size][/color]
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  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Sattler is like many other "Shock Jocks" - all about publicity and not a brain in sight.
  Dungog Diesel Junior Train Controller

Agreed.

It's an interesting story. Whether or not he deserved to lose his job over this incident alone is debatable (although it sounds like there have been plenty of other incidents and this was just the final straw), but you certainly have to wonder what he was thinking when he pursued that line of questioning.

Questions about the sexuality of the PM's partner are best left to fairly unintelligent gossips who have nothing better to talk about. Such questions certainly aren't in the public interest, as the sexuality of Ms Gillard's partner has absolutely nothing to do with her ability to do her job.
  xxxxlbear Token Booking Clerk

Location: Geelong
I didn't know that he was sacked, merely stood down.
All I can say is 'good!'.

No-one deserves to be insulted publically, or privately, or indeed their position disrespected like that.
  awsgc24 Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney
Under the Brown/Rudd/Milne/Gillard FairWork Law, Sattler has to be given 3 warnings over 6 months, before he can be sacked, and even then Sattler can appeal to the courts.
  TheLoadedDog The Ghost of George Stephenson

Then again, back in 2009, Gillard, in a reference to Manager of Opposition Business Christopher Pyne, said she'd rather have "macho than mincing", so she can't have it both ways.

I think the announcer's remarks were feeble and unfunny, but I'm not sure when that became sackable.  Also, I may be conservative, but I'm, a strong supporter of gay rights, and I just think this is a beat-up, and people need to lighten the f--- up.
  Dungog Diesel Junior Train Controller

Under the Brown/Rudd/Milne/Gillard FairWork Law, Sattler has to be given 3 warnings over 6 months, before he can be sacked, and even then Sattler can appeal to the courts.
"awsgc24"


I strongly suggest you do your research before opening your mouth on topics you clearly know nothing about. If you refer to the National Employment Standards, as part of the Fair Work Act 2009, you'll find your statements are absolute bulldust. The standards are available at the address below. Happy reading!

http://www.fairwork.gov.au/employment/national-employment-standards/pages/default.aspx

I think the announcer's remarks were feeble and unfunny, but I'm not sure when that became sackable.  Also, I may be conservative, but I'm, a strong supporter of gay rights, and I just think this is a beat-up, and people need to lighten the f--- up.
"TheLoadedDog™"


Regarding Sattler's remarks, feeble and unfunny is perhaps a slight understatement. They were also unnecessary, irrelevant and out of place in an interview with the prime minister. There is a very commonly held view that the PM is doing a dreadful job, so why not ask her about that? Surely that's of more interest to Sattler's audience anyway? However I do agree that this whole thing is a beat-up and sacking Sattler was an over-reaction. As I said above, I don't think this incident in isolation would have been severe enough to end his employment. Rather, it was just the latest in a string of controversial incidents and 6PR finally decided enough was enough.
  don_dunstan Dr Beeching

Location: Adelaide proud
I put this in the same category as the kids throwing sandwiches, it's just plain disrespectful to the person who holds the most powerful office in the country - doesn't matter who it is.  Imagine a kiddie throwing a sandwich at Bob Menzies - they would have been thrown into (juvenile) jail in those days.  Imagine if Sattler had asked Johnny Howard if Janette was a secret lesbian, he probably would have gone ballistic (quite rightly so).  I don't particularly like Gillard but while she's Prime Minister she needs to be respected just like any of the others we've had.
  MikeyJackson Locomotive Driver

Location: Footscray, Victoria, Australia
in news yesterday  he has been terminated
  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
There are certain things that just do not get raised by the media regarding a serving Prime Minister, hence the fact that Hawke was having an illicit affair with his biographer did not come out until he was out of office. It will be interesting to see what comes out when Gillard is out of office.
  cootanee Chief Commissioner

Location: North of the border!
Then again, back in 2009, Gillard, in a reference to Manager of Opposition Business Christopher Pyne, said she'd rather have "macho than mincing", so she can't have it both ways.

I think the announcer's remarks were feeble and unfunny, but I'm not sure when that became sackable.  Also, I may be conservative, but I'm, a strong supporter of gay rights, and I just think this is a beat-up, and people need to lighten the f--- up.
TheLoadedDog™™

I have no doubt if someone pursued the same line of questioning about any conservative spouse you wouldn't be lightening up. Exclamation

This is another media naz-ty appealing to those increasing dominating the current (so-called) liberal party. It plays well to the small minded bigots (in this case homophobic ones) galvanising and reinforcing their hatred of this (and any) Labor politician. Fortunately we haven't seen one gunned down here - yet.

However it was somewhat reassuring (doing the right thing!) to see some of his RW peers call this for what it was. Even the liberal party pulled the guy off a fund raiser - hopefully because of conscience rather than damage control.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
I put this in the same category as the kids throwing sandwiches, it's just plain disrespectful to the person who holds the most powerful office in the country - doesn't matter who it is.  Imagine a kiddie throwing a sandwich at Bob Menzies - they would have been thrown into (juvenile) jail in those days.  Imagine if Sattler had asked Johnny Howard if Janette was a secret lesbian, he probably would have gone ballistic (quite rightly so).  I don't particularly like Gillard but while she's Prime Minister she needs to be respected just like any of the others we've had.
don_dunstan
Prior to Ms Gillard becoming PM, I didn't have a like/dislike of her (for the record a few years back my dad said she was Lesbian, I said so what and how does this impact on her ability to represent her electorate?). When she became PM, her being a her I thought good on her, and Australia has now ticked that box we can move on and worry about her ability to run the country, not what toilet the PM uses. I also don't care about her martial status, non religion and her having no kids for what ever reason this is, but as PM over last 3 years I've grown to steadily dislike her and the way she runs her govt.

However, was that question appropriate for the PM, no! There is no way he would have asked the same of John Howard. The leader of our country or really anyone for that matter does not deserve to have such personal questions. Historically the PM's spouse has been a no go area for poltical games and this guideline seems to still apply as it should.

If he has been sacked, too bad for him! As for claiming anti-dissmissal. I'm sure his future employers will look at more favoriable of him and acknowlegding his mistakes if he takes his sacking professionally and accepts what he did was wrong.
  DirtyBallast Chief Commissioner

Location: Standing at the limit of an endless ocean
Gillard missed a golden opportunity...her immediate response to Sattler should have been "You're a Liberal voter, aren't you?" It would have gone some way to galvanising the electorate.

What also irritates me is the vision of Sattler waving his arms around like a madman, demanding an answer, showing no respect at all to the Office of the Prime Minister, whoever he/she may be. As such, he should be given no quarter.

The so-called profession of Shock Jocks should be examined IMHO. They are paid for their opinions which in reality is no more than an agreeance of their talkback callers redneck 'values' and denouncement of counter views. They justify their positions by professing to be a voice for their listeners, i.e. reflecting the views of The People, but they are only reflecting the opinions of those that provide their fodder.

How about, in the leadup to the election, Gillard debates the Voice of Abbott in Sattler/Jones/Bolt instead of Abbott himself? She'd win in a canter. Laughing
  cootanee Chief Commissioner

Location: North of the border!
Gillard missed a golden opportunity...her immediate response to Sattler should have been "You're a Liberal voter, aren't you?" It would have gone some way to galvanising the electorate.

What also irritates me is the vision of Sattler waving his arms around like a madman, demanding an answer, showing no respect at all to the Office of the Prime Minister, whoever he/she may be. As such, he should be given no quarter.

The so-called profession of Shock Jocks should be examined IMHO. They are paid for their opinions which in reality is no more than an agreeance of their talkback callers redneck 'values' and denouncement of counter views. They justify their positions by professing to be a voice for their listeners, i.e. reflecting the views of The People, but they are only reflecting the opinions of those that provide their fodder.

How about, in the leadup to the election, Gillard debates the Voice of Abbott in Sattler/Jones/Bolt instead of Abbott himself? She'd win in a canter. Laughing
DirtyBallast

Labor failed Media 101.

Week 1. Keep your friends close but your enemies closer.
  Grantham Minister for Railways

Location: I'm with stupid!
I don't really have that much sympathy for either of them. If she didn't want exposure to stupid questions over the radio then she should ha' stayed out of the radio station's studio. If he didn't want the spear then he shouldn't have asked the stupid questions. They just about deserve each other! Wink

It's all well and good to have respect for the office of Prime Minister, but that never gets extended to PMs who get voted out of office. A quick look at how much respect for the office of the opposition leader gets tells a different story altogether, despite the possibilities. This comment has nothing particular to do with the current election, merely an observation.

The only good thing about the whole sorry farce is that other shock jocks may step back from considering themselves untouchable. We have an extremely wide freedom of the media in this country and it accordingly gets a massive amount of abuse and spin.

M
  don_dunstan Dr Beeching

Location: Adelaide proud
Gillard missed a golden opportunity...her immediate response to Sattler should have been "You're a Liberal voter, aren't you?" It would have gone some way to galvanising the electorate.

What also irritates me is the vision of Sattler waving his arms around like a madman, demanding an answer, showing no respect at all to the Office of the Prime Minister, whoever he/she may be. As such, he should be given no quarter.

The so-called profession of Shock Jocks should be examined IMHO. They are paid for their opinions which in reality is no more than an agreeance of their talkback callers redneck 'values' and denouncement of counter views. They justify their positions by professing to be a voice for their listeners, i.e. reflecting the views of The People, but they are only reflecting the opinions of those that provide their fodder.

How about, in the leadup to the election, Gillard debates the Voice of Abbott in Sattler/Jones/Bolt instead of Abbott himself? She'd win in a canter. Laughing
DirtyBallast

This is one of the things that has disappointed me about Gillard, she just doesn't seem to have the panache that Keating had or the iron resolve of Johnny Howard.  I would admire her more if she got out there and took her critics head on (such as Andrew Bolt) but I'm not sure at this late stage if there would be anything she could do differently that will change the outcome.

Shock jocks are really a Sydney thing - we don't have them in Melbourne.  Alan Jones is just awful - not only did he stir up trouble during the Cronulla riots but then he wouldn't stand by his own words later on when it was apparent he was making things worse.  Thank God we don't have anything like that down here!

Also, Blacksmith made a very important point - nobody publicly mentioned Hawke's affair with Blanche until AFTER he left office even though it was supposedly common knowledge amongst the media.  I'm not sure if it was the fact that they thought his personal life was off limits or perhaps they were frightened of having their pants sued off while he was Prime Minister?
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
Fortunately we haven't seen one gunned down here - yet.
"cootanee"

So the name John Newman means nothing to you? Or whilst not in parliament, he was close to being so, Donald Mackay?
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
It will be interesting to see what comes out when Gillard is out of office.
"TheBlacksmith"

Sattler is hoping that turns into a pun.

(My bolding)
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
Gillard missed a golden opportunity...
"DirtyBallast"


What she really ought to have done is reached across the desk and smacked him one.

That and perhaps not posed for the photo with him afterward... Judgement is not her strong point, I mean check out the misogynist/sexism spotting and 'calling out when she saw it' at Easter with one Kyle Sandilands, that looks above board.
  2301 Train Controller

Location: Banned
Gillard missed a golden opportunity...her immediate response to Sattler should have been "You're a Liberal voter, aren't you?" It would have gone some way to galvanising the electorate.

What also irritates me is the vision of Sattler waving his arms around like a madman, demanding an answer, showing no respect at all to the Office of the Prime Minister, whoever he/she may be. As such, he should be given no quarter.

The so-called profession of Shock Jocks should be examined IMHO. They are paid for their opinions which in reality is no more than an agreeance of their talkback callers redneck 'values' and denouncement of counter views. They justify their positions by professing to be a voice for their listeners, i.e. reflecting the views of The People, but they are only reflecting the opinions of those that provide their fodder.

How about, in the leadup to the election, Gillard debates the Voice of Abbott in Sattler/Jones/Bolt instead of Abbott himself? She'd win in a canter. Laughing
DirtyBallast

The so called shock jocks are just expressing an opinion like you can, what is wrong with that? You might not agree with them but it doesn't mean to say they should be shut down and that their callers are 'rednecks' just because their opinions don't align with yours.  We do live in a democracy where opinions are allowed to differ.

Sattler was just being down right rude by putting her on the spot like that.

But what annoys me the most is the assumption which appears to be coming from people on the left, that this mindset is typical of anyone who isn't a devout Laborite.  

I believe this is what is annoying a lot of people about Jules, she latches on to one little floaty, turns herself into a victim and than makes unbelievable generalisations about anyone that dare opposes her.
  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
I liked the fact that Hinch condemned Sattler over the incident. Another time... another place....
  cootanee Chief Commissioner

Location: North of the border!
I liked the fact that Hinch condemned Sattler over the incident. Another time... another place....
TheBlacksmith

And somewhat surprisingly he wasn't the only one. Mind you Sattler made his opinions of Julia Gillard quite clear on Sunrise this morning.

These days the shock jocks have more influence and reach than all the left wing militant commo union leaders combined.

4 hours a day 5 days a week of commentary with little if any balance and not so subtle nastiest behind the commentary galvanises and as often misleads their listeners. They seem fine with bringing out that collective lynch mob mentality - such as the ditch the w,,,ch rallies in Canberra. Worst case it pushes some to take things personally and we have seen they can react extremely.

As for the Libs - they are losing some of that silver plating to gain political advantage.  There was a time they claimed the higher moral ground but that's increasingly going the way of the mob. Sad
  DirtyBallast Chief Commissioner

Location: Standing at the limit of an endless ocean
The so called shock jocks are just expressing an opinion like you can, what is wrong with that?
2301
The fact that they are being paid for their opinions should mean that they act with a certain level of professionalism.
  cootanee Chief Commissioner

Location: North of the border!
The fact that they are being paid for their opinions should mean that they act with a certain level of professionalism.
DirtyBallast

Don't we have a 'free' media - or is that just being naïve Surprised
  2301 Train Controller

Location: Banned
The fact that they are being paid for their opinions should mean that they act with a certain level of professionalism.
DirtyBallast

Yeah, I don't know so much.  They might be paid but are they being paid for their opinions?  

Let's face it, everyone gets paid from someone and they do have to say if  they're plugging a certain product that they are being paid for it, but the so called "shock jocks" do serve an important role in allowing people to express their opinions which they probably wouldn't be able to do if that means wasn't there.

The "shock jocks" are allowed to express an opinion too, but there seems to be a push from the left/socialists/commies to shut them down.  There are plenty of left wing shock jocks too (triple J) but you don't hear the same push for them to disbanded.

This seems to be typical of the left/socialist mindset, shut your opposition down by limiting freedom of speech by running them out of business with abuse and insults.

This is why I dislike the politically correct, they can't have a rational logical debate/discussion, they have to turn it into an argument.

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