A speech by Matt Okine highlighting the lack of woman in ARIA nominations was cut from the TEN broadcast.
“I don’t think there are any women in the Comedy category,” Okine told the audience at The Star in Sydney.
“I don’t think there are any women who are, like, featured artists on tonight’s show even, apart from Tina Turner, (I mean) Tina Arena obviously.
“There are a couple of women who are featured guests but other than that there’s no-one. I’d feel stupid if I didn’t use this opportunity to say something about that.”
Fairfax reports his comments didn’t make it into the nearly 3 hour edited presentation.
Updated: A TEN spokesperson said, “The decisions on which awards are broadcast are made by the ARIA Board, not by Network TEN.”
Meanwhile in a lengthy acceptance speech for her Hall of Fame award, Tina Arena took aim at radio stations over their ageism.
“I want to still acknowledge that ladies over 40 are still in the game,” she said, noting Kylie Minogue, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and Annie Lennox.
“Keep doing what you’re doing, ladies, because we will decide when it’s time for us to stop.
“Radio please don’t try and meet your Australian quotas because you have to, exceed them because you really want to,” she said.