Hobart’s 7HO FM has apologised on-line following an unfortunate comment made on-air this morning during the breakfast show’s Secret Sound segment.
Anna Dare, one-half of the breakfast duo alongside Mick Newell, commented on the sound as it was used to solicit callers…”that sounded like someone stuck in a conveyor belt at a theme park”.
The co-host was referring to the deaths of four people on the Dreamworld Rapids Ride on the Gold Coast.
Grant Broadcasters, along with the station offered their thoughts and prayers to the families who lost loved ones.
Grant Cameron, the chief executive of Grant Broadcasters went on to add, “We sincerely apologise to our listeners, the broader community and everyone affected by the Dreamworld tragedy,”
He confirmed Dare was taken off the air immediately, has been suspended and will be counselled.
A decision will be made at a later date about when she might return to an on-air role.
“This was a dreadful mistake and the announcer is devastated at such a lapse. As employers, we must also consider her well-being,” Mr Cameron said.
“We have dealt with this unfortunate incident as swiftly as possible and will use it to further improve our standards and the training of our on-air staff.”