Anna Dare, co-host of Hobart breakfast radio show, has resigned over joke. She made an ‘unacceptable’ remark about the Dreamworld accident. Broadcaster from Tasmania quit after being suspended from 7HOFM. Two men and two women were killed at the Gold Coast park last month
A radio host has resigned after making an ‘unacceptable’ joke about the Dreamworld accident at Dreamworld theme park which killed four people.
Anna Dare, who co-hosted Hobart’s 7HOFM breakfast radio show, turned down the chance to stay on air almost two weeks after being suspended indefinitely. She had made the off-colour joke just two days after the Dreamworld accident on Queensland’s Gold Coast during a ‘secret sound’ segment, where she asked: ‘It’s not getting stuck in a conveyor belt at a theme park is it? … Too soon?’
Grant Broadcasters, who owns the radio station, has released a statement on Tuesday announcing her resignation.
‘She thanked the station for its support and the opportunity to return on air, but has decided to take a break from radio,’ chief executive Grant Cameron said in a statement given to news.com.au. Dare’s on-air colleagues audibly gasped before awkwardly throwing to a song. ‘That’s what it sounds like to me when I first heard it,’ Dare said at the time.
Two of the four people killed last month had become trapped in the conveyor belt of the Thunder River Rapids ride at Dreamworld.
Mr Cameron said at the time the unacceptable comment demonstrated a serious lapse in judgement and did not reflect the values of 7HOFM or its parent company.
‘We sincerely apologise to our listeners, the broader community and everyone affected by the Dreamworld tragedy,’ Mr Cameron said. ‘This was a dreadful mistake and the announcer is devastated at such a lapse. As employers, we must also consider her well-being,’ he said.
Dare was taken off the air immediately on October 27 and suspended, two days after the Dreamworld deaths. Daily Mail Australia has contacted the station.
Online Source: Daily Mail Australia.