Just weeks after being dumped from Sydney's 2GB, the radio presenter David Oldfield has been pulled from his shift on the rival 2UE station after three days on the job.
Oldfield, a former One Nation MP, was suspended from his position as a fill-in drive presenter yesterday. The suspension was a response to on-air comments on Wednesday, suggesting that the Coalition ought to adopt a policy of turning on electric fences at the Christmas Island detention centre so that anyone trying to escape would "fry".
"It's not a whole lot of waffle, and excuses, and buck-passing to colleagues and everything else. He should have just said: 'Yes. We'll turn on the electric fences, we'll stop them from coming, and the ones that are here: we'll make sure they can't escape, and if they do try it, they'll be fried.'"
Upon making the comments, Oldfield pre-emptively attempted to defend himself by saying: "No-one's seriously suggesting we whack them in a frying pan and sort of batter them up or anything like that. They wouldn't taste very good, anyway, would they?"
But by yesterday, 2UE had suspended him, and he was forced to make an on-air apology.
"First up this afternoon, an apology over my comments yesterday about asylum seekers.
"While I maintain security measures should be tightened at our detention centres - and I stand by those comments - some of my words yesterday and my delivery were inappropriate.
"I sincerely apologise for my poor choice of language and as result of my poorly considered comments 2UE management has suspended me, and I hope to join you on air on some time in the near future."
Despite the suspension, station management said that Oldfield remained in the station's plans so long as he couched his opinions in less inflammatory terms. 2UE's program director Greg Byrnes praised Oldfield for the "immense response" that he had created among listeners.
Oldfield was dumped from his role as the overnight presenter on 2GB in March.
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