Triple M staff to undergo training after Eddie McGuire’s comments

by L&D23 Jun 2016
Triple M has announced that all its on air staff will undergo training from the domestic violence charity White Ribbon.

The FM radio network said that further education is necessary to ensure that all staff understand what is acceptable and what won’t be tolerated.

The announcement comes after the public outrage over Collingwood President Eddie McGuire’s on-air comments about drowning The Age sports journalist Caroline Wilson.

Last week when McGuire was talking about the the Big Freeze fundraiser at the Melbourne Cricket Ground he said :“I reckon we should start the campaign for a one-person slide next year featuring Caroline Wilson and I’ll put in 10 grand straight away – make it 20. And if she stays under – 50. What do you reckon guys?”

The Melbourne breakfast host then called Wilson a "black widow", complaining that she "just sucks you in and...bang! She gets you".

In a statement, Triple M said they apologise to its listeners, the wider community and Caroline Wilson.

“The Triple M employees involved in an on-air discussion before the Freeze MND have been counselled and each have apologised for their remarks and acknowledged the importance of stamping out language and behaviour that encourages or appears to tacitly endorse violence, most particularly against women,” said the statement.

“The broadcast staff of all Triple M stations have been reminded that language of this nature is not acceptable and there is no context that makes it acceptable. We recognise that continued and further education is necessary to ensure that all staff understand what is acceptable and what won’t be tolerated. 

“We have arranged for all our on air staff to undergo training from White Ribbon and to enable them to further promote their message, this weekend Triple M will be donating its on-ground digital signage to White Ribbon.”

Triple M added that they have carefully considered whether further disciplinary action is required.

They said that the public censure of the comments and the actions taken by the AFL community should be a sufficient incentive for a change in behaviour. 

McGuire has reportedly removed himself from Fox Footy’s TV commentary team tonight. The car manufacturer Holden has also said it is reviewing its sponsorship deal with Collingwood.

Yesterday he apologised to Wilson over the phone which she has accepted.

L&D Professional contacted Triple M and White Ribbon for comment.

If you or someone you know is impacted by domestic or family violence or sexual assault, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit http://www.1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000.

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