Breaking: Eddie to face media at 2.30

Staff Writer

Following Eddie Maguire's comments on Triple M Melbourne this morning (see here), Southern Cross Austereo have called a media conference at Triple M in South Melbourne for 2.30 this afternoon.

Announcement below;

  We acknowledge that a comment made by Eddie McGuire on Triple M’s Hot Breakfast show this morning may have been interpreted by some listeners as being racist.

Eddie immediately clarified the meaning of his comment which was not intended to be racist in any way, and apologised to any listeners who were offended.

Speaking after the broadcast Eddie McGuire said:

“My comment was meant to be an ironic reference to the sort of techniques once used by some public relations consultants to publicise new shows.  As I said on air at the first opportunity after I made the comment, I unfortunately mumbled my words and said something I didn’t intend.  I unreservedly apologise.  I have contacted the Sydney Swans to explain the situation to Adam Goodes personally.  Adam was gracious enough to take my call and expressed his disappointment “particularly given what we’ve been through together last weekend”.

I agreed entirely with him and I’m devastated that I am responsible for bringing this issue back into the public arena.   Adam accepted my apology and acknowledged my strong commitment and record in tackling racial vilification not just on the football field but in the wider community.

I sincerely apologise for the hurt caused.”

Triple M also sincerely apologises to any listeners who were offended.  Eddie McGuire has an exemplary record on indigenous issues and Triple M completely accepts his explanation.


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