Sky News Online: Radio show suspended by Austereo
The Kyle and Jackie O radio show has been suspended indefinitely after last week’s lie detector stunt, with host Kyle Sandilands declaring he is unable to go on air.
There have been calls for 2Day FM’s Kyle and Jackie O breakfast show to be axed by the station’s owners, Austereo, since Wednesday when a 14-year-old girl was strapped to a lie-detector and asked on air about her sexual history.
In a statement on Sunday evening, Austereo publicity manager Kate whitby said: ‘Kyle Sandilands’ management has advised Austereo that he is unable to perform his duties on-air at this time.
‘Further, following a great deal of consideration and having consulted Jackie O and all stakeholders, Austereo has formed the view that it is in the interest of all parties, for the Kyle and Jackie O Show to go into recess until we have completed an across-the-networks review of the principals (sic) and protocols of our interaction with our audience.
[Read the background here: Kyle and Jackie O re-traumatise a child rape victim on air. (with audio and transcript). ]
It looks like Kyle Sandilands may be dumped from Australian Idol as well. About time.