Mel Greig on radio’s “culture problem”
Radio personality Mel Greig has hit out at Australian radio’s “culture problem” in light of the news that John ‘JC’ Caldwell is taking ARN to court over allegations he was discriminated against for being gay.
In a piece penned for Yahoo! Lifestyle, the former 2DayFM host writes: “Each time the radio industry is surrounded by controversy the same question is asked, ‘does it have a culture problem?’ and the answer is YES.”
Greig, who was part of the infamous Royal Prank in December of 2012, says that most announcers won’t speak out against their industry because they “don’t want to black mark themselves” for future employment.
“It astounds me that when radio networks are faced with serious allegations, they’ll almost look at you with a blank face and be genuinely confused as to why you are troubled, that’s something I experienced first-hand with the royal baby prank call in 2012,” she writes.
“I’ll never forget being bullied into a TV interview with one of the radio executives saying to me, ‘If you don’t do this you’ll never get to say sorry’.
“At the time I was too unwell and distraught to say no, and I did want to say sorry, so I did the TV interview, but manipulation is a tactic that is often used as they know you are emotionally battered down.”
Grieg admits that some of the “bad culture” rubbed off on her, but maintains that “bullying was never taken seriously, we were made to believe it was normal.”
The problem comes down to “a core group of executives that have been in the industry for over 20 years and don’t take the welfare of employees seriously,” she says.
“Even sacking radio announcers from shows that are rating number one because they have a new flavour of the month, just disregarding people with no second thought or support.”
Greig also says that the only network that she was treated well at was Nova.
She sums up by saying “radio is an incredible platform, we have made so much positive change in the community and truly changed lives.
“But what about the employees that give the industry their heart and soul and are then subjected to disgusting treatment and thrown away with no regard?
“We all know where the culture problem has come from and to those people involved, it’s not too late to clean up this industry and make positive changes.”