Deb Knight slams Kyle & Jackie O segment for normalising aggression towards women

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Deb Knight has used a portion of her 2GB program to hit out at KIIS Sydney for allowing an aggressive segment to go to air.

The subject of her concern was Kyle & Jackie O’s ‘Only Lying’ segment which featured a woman, ‘Jess’, pretending she had damaged her partner’s motorbikes and cars accidentally.

The partner, ‘Jake’, responded aggressively, including swearing, threatening to kick her out and dismissing his partner as merely an object.

Knight said she was appalled the segment was allowed to go to air in light of the domestic violence crisis the country is facing.

“Given the current situation that we’re in, the current climate, where respect for women is something that we need to look closely at, I think they need to look very closely at what they let go to air,” she said.

She said the segment normalised aggressive language and destructive behaviour between men and women, and the way women are treated is at the heart of the domestic violence crisis.

Neither Kyle nor Jackie endorsed the comments, however the producers should have dumped the segment, she argued.

“The thing is, every radio station, including this one, we’ve all got a delay built in, so that if someone says something that we think’s inappropriate or appalling or they swear, we can bring in that dump button. And the team of producers could have done that on the Kyle and Jackie O Show, but they didn’t. I mean Jackie was appalled by what she heard, but it went to air,” she said.

Radio Today reached out to KIIS to get their reaction to Knight’s criticism.

“ARN takes the issue of respect for women and women’s safety seriously. This has started an important conversation at ARN about how every one of us are part of this discussion on this important social issue,” a spokesperson said.

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22 Apr 2021 - 12:22 pm

Deb, it is about time you stood up and spoke about the gender pay gap that currently exists at 2GB

Jane C
22 Apr 2021 - 2:06 pm

The male announcers on 2GB are paid much more than the female announcers

I agree with Deb Knight that they need gender quotas

22 Apr 2021 - 2:22 pm

Wasn’t it an only lying/fibbing call. This Deb woman probably heard this third hand. Its a regular segment on K and J and the caller would have won $1000 . I think regular listeners would have known this and the setup would have been done prior to the call. Also if this Deb person had been fair, surely she should have complained about the caller damaging property. I am a regular listener from Auckland btw

22 Apr 2021 - 2:49 pm

Well said Deb.

22 Apr 2021 - 3:05 pm

At least Kyle and Jackie O earn the same amount of money Deb!!!

22 Apr 2021 - 3:10 pm

Does Deb listen to some of her male colleagues on air around her, and the way some of them talk to woman? She should do a spot on air about that.

22 Apr 2021 - 3:37 pm

There should more woman on air at 2GB

earning the same amount as Ray Hadley.

22 Apr 2021 - 4:27 pm

Why does Deb Knight think she is entitled to be paid the same amount as Ray Hadley when her ratings are very average?

23 Apr 2021 - 9:45 am

This from a woman who follows Ray Hadley on air, give me a break Deb.

23 Apr 2021 - 9:46 am

Why is Deb listening to Kyle and Jackie instead of Ben Fordham anyway ?

23 Apr 2021 - 11:45 am

What is with the ARN attack pack?

I’m a male.
I’m embarrassed at reading your comments. You should be embarrassed with your trolling efforts. You are part of the current problem in society by turning a blind eye and trying to justify your behaviour.

The pertinent question remains….why did this go to air on KIIS? It promotes violence against women.
KIIS had the opportunity to dump this content.
They did not.

Grow up ARN attack pack. Answer the question. Ciaran/ Duncan?

Mick C
23 Apr 2021 - 5:38 pm

Really ???????????
I dont listen to any of them Must be a slow news day that D K has to seek publicity for her programe …………And giving FREE publicity to B F ”s opposition on another station..

Peggy March
23 Apr 2021 - 7:12 pm

Kyle pushing aggressive misogynistic views? Surprising. What’s shameful is Jackie waving it through like the sub-servant she is


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