Author: Wade La Rouche

AUSTRALIA: You may not believe how tasteless this story is….!!!

According to reports by the Canberra Times, on-air comments by Radio 2cc’s Jorian Gardner have prompted swift responses by management to contain the embarrassing situation. During a show last week – believe it or not — the on-air host stated jokingly that Communications Minister Stephen Conroy should wear a ‘penis cam’ during cabinet meetings so that he could film up the skirt of Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Yes, the radio man actually said that…. Management promptly suspended Gardner’s on-air privileges, for at least a week. Radio 2cc responded that “It’s not a long suspension, but we needed to send the message that this wouldn’t be tolerated.” Although Gardner is known in his native land to be no stranger to these types of controversies, it can be hard to know where to draw the proverbial line in the sand when it comes to such topics, especially when stupid controversy seems to drive much of the on-air viewership for these shows.  Gardner himself said it was over-reaction: “This is the same type of ban imposed on Kyle Sandilands when he interviewed a 14 year old girl about her sexual experiences – only to find out she had been raped.  I hardly think a bad-taste joke about Julia Gillard and Stephen Conroy is really in the same league.” Radio 2cc management however, does not appear to agree. And the Prime Minister’s office wisely had...

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AUSTRALIA: Suddenly There’s Wiggle Room

Reports by the New Zealand Herald and Sydney Morning Herald have confirmed that after 21 years, the world famous children’s singing group, the Wiggles, with be losing the majority of its members following the conclusion of its Celebration Tour in December. The move announced by the group earlier this month stated that Jeff Fatt (Purple Wiggle), Murray Cook (Red Wiggle) and Greg Page (Yellow Wiggle) will be leaving.  However, these Wiggles will remain on the sidelines, but available for action, providing creative assistance and moral support to the group going forward. According to sources, only the blue Wiggle, Anthony Field, will remain on stage. “We’ve been entertaining children around the world for 21 years and it’s important that we plan for the future so that The Wiggles can keep wiggling in the years to come,” the Red Wiggle, Murray Cook said in the statement. In an interesting development, though, the incoming Wiggles will showcase their first-ever woman Wiggle, Emma Watkins, in addition to Lachlan Gillespie and Simon Pryce.  The trio will assume the roles of the the new Yellow, Purple and Red Wiggles, respectively.  The range of people the Wiggles have touched is extraordinary, with even Prime Minister Julia Gillard also chiming in, saying, “I congratulate Jeff, Murray and Greg on their amazing careers, and for all the joy they have brought to Australian families.”–original–wiggles–to–hang–up–their–skivvies-20120517-1yto0.html...

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NEW ZEALAND: Court Rules Greenpeace Ad For the Birds

According to the New Zealand Herald, one of two complaints made against a Greenpeace ad has been upheld in court.  The controversial ad stated that the recent Rena Oil Spill killed as many as 20,000 birds in the surrounding area and suggested that deep sea drilling could kill 1000 times more.  The court upheld the first complaint as a gross exaggeration of the number of birds killed during the spill.  According to reports, the number is actually somewhere between 1300 and 2000 birds.  The court therefore ruled that the ad could mislead or deceive readers. The second complaint contested the assertion that 1,000 times more birds could die.  Greenpeace responded stating that this was not meant to be taken literally (20 million birds would not die), but that the damage would be detrimental to the environment as a whole.  The court declined to uphold this complaint, stating that the use of the word “could” made the claim an opinion, not a fact. As this case shows, you can’t believe everything you read in the newspapers, especially the ads. For More Information, Please Visit: New Zealand...

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NEW ZEALAND: Cameraman Free of Police Charges, Though Not of Scandal

Police officials in New Zealand have decided not to press charges against a freelance cameraman involved in the “teapot tapes” affair during last year’s election cycle.  Allegedly, cameraman Bradley Ambrose intentionally recorded a conversation between Prime Minister John Key and Act Party Epsom candidate John Banks at a public press conference in Auckland.  The tape was released by Mr. Ambrose to the New Zealand Herald which initiated a flurry of political backlash as the tape’s contents dominated election-time media coverage. According to the New Zealand Herald, Mr. Ambrose denied the accusations, saying that he accidentally recorded the private conversation during the event while attempting to find a better vantage point for filming.  He vehemently denies any wrongdoing and has since released an apology letter to the media expressing his regrets regarding the situation.  Of course, there is no point in denying that such a tape would be quite valuable during election time, and one has to wonder at Mr. Ambrose’s true motives. For more information, please visit: The New Zealand Herald I The New Zealand Herald...

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NEW ZEALAND: Port Protest Goes Radio-Active

According to the New Zealand Herald, inflammatory comments encouraging striking port workers to violence by RadioLive host Willie Jackson have infuriated Port of Auckland bosses. Members of the dockworkers union are currently protesting long shifts and lack of job security, as well as the laying off of 292 workers last week.  Mr. Jackson described the Auckland bosses in exceptionally unflattering terms, stating that intimidation was needed to stop non-union workers from being called in to take over for those who are on strike. RadioLive’s Jackson, not exactly a protest pacifist, stated on the air that, “If you really want something you’ve got to act… You don’t go stop and then the scabs come in and they take your jobs. Go and bust your picket or your placard on their cars. I support that action.”  Striking workers have been accused of attempting to break the picket line into the Port of Auckland, confronting truck drivers and non-union workers at the numerous entrances. Subsequently, in a late evening address, Jackson attempted to “clarify” these remarks in a statement saying that he does not advocate violence of any kind. The damage, however, may already have been done. For more information, please visit: New Zealand Herald #1 New Zealand Herald #2...

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