2CC News Director back on-air

Staff Writer

2CC's News Director Jorian Gardner is back on-air this week after his inappropriate joke about 'upskirting' the Prime Minister (see here).

Gardner had been suspended for a fortnight by the Capital Radio Network after the comments, and as part of his return to the Breakfast show, was required to issue an apology.

The on-air apology, however, appeared somewhat disingenuous and Gardner went on to defend himself; 

''A few weeks ago I made a joke that may have stretched the bounds of good taste, It was a flippant remark in one of the segments that we do together Mark, and perhaps on this occasion I went a little too far."

''I apologise to any listener that may have been offended, Minister Conroy and the Prime Minister herself. I have served a longer suspension than first given by management – two weeks now – and reaffirmed my commitment to the codes of practice that govern broadcasting"

''The subsequent outrage was in my opinion a media beat-up, most commentators decided to run the salacious parts of what I allegedly said – and not the substance of the issue"

Gardner was originally suspended for one-week, and this was extended to a fortnight after the story became more heated.

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