OUTRAGED residents have called on Griffith radio station 2RG to scrap Alan Jones’ show following his controversial comments about Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s father.
Mr Jones last week said Ms Gillard’s father “died a few weeks ago of shame” because of her “political lies”.
The comments caused a massive public backlash and saw his show lose more than 10 major advertisers while two regional radio stations dropped his segment from their line-up.
Griffith resident Peter Knox yesterday called on Southern Cross Austereo, which runs the local 2RG station, to also drop the show from their airwaves.
“In my opinion, Griffith should follow suit with Deniliquin and Albury and take him off air,” he said.
“I think it’s the most obnoxious thing he could have said – you don’t say something like that when anyone’s grieving, whether it’s the prime minister or not.
“I don’t think he should be on air at all but this is the straw that breaks the camel’s back.
“He still hasn’t really said sorry.”
Southern Cross Austereo general manager Chris Corbett said while he didn’t support Mr Jones’ comments, the station would not be pulling the show.
“Radio 2RG does not support the recent comments made by Mr Jones regarding Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s father and such remarks do not reflect our company’s views or opinion,” he said.
“The comments made by him were done so outside of this show and not broadcast on our station.
“At this point, there is no intention to amend our current programming.”
Mr Jones apologised for the comments at a press conference on Sunday but was later criticised for “qualifying” his apology.