Sydney radio station KIIS FM denies it broke decency standards by allowing Nationals’ leader Barnaby Joyce on air this morning and says it will “fully co-operate” with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) investigation.
In a week in which the shock jocks had already delighted in regaling listeners with a recap of Jackie O’s toilet habits and paid a listener $1000 to self-fellate on air, it was only a matter of time before they got in trouble for combining the two. The New England MP was heard at a peak listening time for morning radio when many children are likely to be in cars on the way to school.
According to the license rules regulated by ACMA any content likely to offend community standards must not be broadcast after 5:00am or before 9:30pm, which is why Barnaby Joyce had until this morning only ever appeared on ABC TV’s Lateline.
Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O have a history of offending ACMA with their stunts. The pair once put a teenage girl through an on-air lie detector test (which backfired spectacularly) and twice interviewed the then Prime Minister Julia Gillard – outraging listeners and sparking calls for the duo to be sacked. A later interview with current Prime Minister Tony Abbot narrowly avoided a revival of Destroy The Joint.
The ACMA will report its findings later this year, in the meantime KIIS FM has been warned to concentrate on the stories the community clearly enjoys.