17th June 2013

Dennis_Eggington_ALSWA_CEO_v2MEDIA STATEMENT

SATTLER SACKING LONG OVERDUE SAYS ALSWA

17 June 2013

The Aboriginal Legal Service of WA (ALSWA) applauds the decision to sack WA shock jock Howard Sattler, following his recent offensive on-air comments.

“Sattler has been getting away with his controversial and sensationalist broadcast style for far too long and his removal from the airwaves, whilst long overdue, is wonderful news” said ALSWA CEO Dennis Eggington.

“I am thrilled that the disrespectful comments to Prime Minister Gillard have lead to his sacking and given the nation an insight into what WA audiences have had to endure from this broadcaster”.

Mr. Eggington said that the shock jocks’ on-air taunts had distressed, offended, ridiculed and marginalised many people over the past three decades, and that Aboriginal people were frequently targeted and vilified by Sattler and some of the talkback callers he endorsed on his program.

“His disgraceful comments have been the subject of numerous complaints over the years and for many Aboriginal people his radio programs will be remembered for denigrating others, reinforcing negative stereotypes and inciting racial hatred.

I’m sure his sacking will be rejoiced by many” said Mr. Eggington.