2CC News Director Suspended
2CC Canberra have suspended News Director Jorian Gardner (pictured) for at least a week after he made a joke on todays Breakfast show about 'upskirting' Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
Gardner was in a discussion with Announcer Mark Parton about the police union calling for 'lapel cams' for Canberra's police uniforms.
During the conversation, Gardner said that Communications Minister Stephen Conroy should wear a 'penis-cam' during cabinet meetings so that he would be able to film up the skirt of Prime Minister Julie Gillard.
Program Director Pete Davidson told the Canberra Times;
"He has certainly breached the commercial radio codes of practice as far as decency codes are concerned, we wanted to send a message to Jorian that it's not acceptable, we've decided that from our point of view we needed to take this action"
For his part, Gardner issued a somewhat backhanded apology saying that the incident was insignificant compared with other high-profile radio gaffs;
"I acknowledge that the jokes this morning were inappropriate and I apologise to anyone who may have been offended, but think it is a massive over-reaction from management to suspend my on-air commitments until further notice"
"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."
Gardner went on to say that he would refuse any directive to apologise to the Prime Minister or Senator Conroy.