Sydney: The radio station at the centre of Australia’s ’cash for
comment’ scandal, 2UE, has had special conditions imposed on its
Last year, 2UE presenter John Laws was exposed as having received
payments from, among others, the Australian Bankers’ Association,
national airline Qantas and News Corporation subsidiary Foxtel, in
exchange for favourable on-air mentions. It later emerged that another
presenter, Alan Jones, had a similar arrangement with Qantas and with
telecoms firm Optus.
The Australian Broadcasting Authority has now ruled that 2UE must
’maintain a regime of on-air and off-air disclosure of certain
commercial agreements between presenters and their sponsors’.
Laws and Jones will have to say they are paid by a sponsor each time
they mention their name, products or services, or interview an executive
from the sponsoring company.
Last July, media observers noticed a reversal of Laws’ critical public
stance against banks, before it emerged he had struck a deal with the
Banker’s Association said to be worth almost pounds 180,000.
Edited by Gidon Freeman.