Aussie show pulled from the air


Australia’s 2DAY-FM has taken its morning show off the air in the aftermath of public outcry over an on-air “lie detector” segment in which a 14-year-old girl disclosed that she had been raped two years earlier.

Some press reports claimed that “The Kyle and Jackie O Show” had been cancelled, but the hosts are still prominently featured on the station website and their blog insists that the broadcasting suspension is only temporary.

From the show’s blog:

“Reports today that The Kyle and Jackie O Show has been suspended indefinitely are incorrect.

A press release was issued last night to all media by 2DayFM’s General Manager stating that The Kyle and Jackie O Show is in recess.

The press release reads as follows:

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 & Jackie O Show to go into recess until we have completed an across-the-networks review of the principles and protocols of our interaction with our audience.

This review commenced last Wednesday 29 July 2009.

Austereo will not make any further comment until the review is completed.

Jenny Parkes
Austereo Sydney General Manager”

But while the radio show may be brought back, Kyle Sandilands has been sacked form his high-profile gig as a judge on “Australian Idol,” the Down Under counterpart to “American Idol.”

“After significant discussions and consideration over recent days, Network Ten today announced Kyle Sandilands will no longer be a judge on Australian Idol as it heads into season 7, this Sunday, 9 August,” the network which airs the show announced on Monday.