Hadley fires up as ra­dio ‘cen­sors’ talk

The Australian - - THE NATION - DANA McCAULEY

Ray Hadley’s “cen­sor­ship” war with South­ern Cross Aus­tereo fired up again yes­ter­day after he was cut off while at­tempt­ing to read a news story on air.

The 2GB talk­back star, at log­ger­heads with the me­dia com­pany after his broad­cast about a lo­cal court case was not played on Triple M in Or­ange, was again si­lenced while broad­cast­ing a story about the ra­dio stand­off in The Aus­tralian yes­ter­day.

“This sug­ges­tion that I can’t say what I want to say be­cause of le­gal­i­ties is non­sense,” Hadley said, ar­gu­ing The Aus­tralian would not have re­ported the is­sue if it were a le­gal risk.

For sev­eral days Hadley has been dis­cussing a court case in­volv­ing a man em­ployed by West Or­ange Mo­tors, only to be cut off by the lo­cal ra­dio sta­tion.

The ser­vice man­ager, who was in­volved in a fa­tal ac­ci­dent and has been charged with dan­ger­ous driv­ing caus­ing death and neg­li­gent driv­ing caus­ing death, was given his li­cence back by a mag­is­trate.

“I get con­demned for not fo­cus­ing on lo­cal is­sues,” Hadley said yes­ter­day. “We’ve had this me­dia de­bate about ‘we’ve got to have lo­cal con­tent’.

“Here I am try­ing to dis­play some lo­cal con­tent, and be­ing cen­sored ... I will not tol­er­ate it. I’ll sim­ply keep do­ing what I’m do­ing.”

He urged lis­ten­ers in the city, in NSW’s cen­tral west — and other af­fected re­gional lis­ten­ers — to tune in to his pro­gram at the 2GB web­site, where it has not been cen­sored.

South­ern Cross Aus­tereo has said it acted on le­gal ad­vice re­gard­ing con­tempt of court and defama­tion. “We apol­o­gise for any in­ter­rup­tion to the Ray Hadley pro­gram. A con­tin­u­ing seg­ment of the pro­gram re­lates to a case cur­rently be­fore the court which we are not per­mit­ted to dis­cuss on air,” South­ern Cross Aus­tereo said in a state­ment.

The Hadley pro­gram is broad­cast on Triple M sta­tions in Coffs Har­bour, Dar­ling Downs, Fraser Coast, Grif­fith, Or­ange, Port Mac­quarie, Toowoomba, Wagga Wagga and Mount Gam­bier and has a share of up to 35 per cent in re­gional mar­kets.

Fair­fax Me­dia, after be­ing called out by Hadley for not re­port­ing the is­sue, yes­ter­day ran a story on the web­site of its lo­cal ti­tle, Cen­tral West­ern Daily.

Fair­fax owns Mac­quarie Me­dia, which owns Hadley’s ra­dio sta­tion 2GB. It is not the first time the group’s left-lean­ing pa­pers and right-aligned ra­dio in­ter­ests have clashed.


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