Hadley fires up as radio ‘censors’ talk
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.