Updated: SBS has sacked sports reporter Scott McIntyre following controversial tweets yesterday, accusing “brave ANZACs” of “execution, widespread rape and theft” in Egypt, Palestine and Japan.
The World Game reporter was dismissed on Sunday after being slammed on social media by users calling for his tweets:
This morning managing director Michael Ebeid released a statement saying respect for Australian audiences was paramount at SBS.
“Late on Anzac Day, sports presenter Scott McIntyre made highly inappropriate and disrespectful comments via his twitter account which have caused his on-air position at SBS to become untenable,” he said.
“Mr McIntyre’s actions have breached the SBS Code of Conduct and social media policy and as a result, SBS has taken decisive action to terminate Mr McIntyre’s position at SBS, with immediate effect.
“At SBS, employees on and off air are encouraged to participate in social media, however maintaining the integrity of the network and audience trust is vital. It is unfortunate that on this very important occasion, Mr McIntyre’s comments have compromised both.
“SBS apologises for any offence or harm caused by Mr McIntyre’s comments which in no way reflect the views of the network. SBS supports our Anzacs and has devoted unprecedented resources to coverage of the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings.”
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull tweeted, “Difficult to think of more offensive or inappropriate comments.
“Despicable remarks which deserve to be condemned.”
Via: News Corp