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Advertisers abandon Southern Cross Austereo over Pauline Hanson backflip

Advertisers abandon Southern Cross Austereo for ‘bowing down to cancel culture’ by axing Jessica Rowe’s podcast featuring Pauline Hanson


Pauline Hanson and her chief of staff, James Ashby, have taken action against Southern Cross Austereo after the right-wing politician’s interview with The Jess Rowe Big Talk Show podcast was removed following a Twitter storm.

The Queensland Senator, 67, has advised SCA, the media company that hosted the podcast on its LiSTNR platform, she has pulled One Nation’s expensive TV campaign from the network.

Mr Ashby contacted SCA CEO Grant Blackley and senior staff members to confirm the party would be suspending its campaign, which was scheduled to air in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

Cancelled: Advertisers have dropped Southern Cross Austereo after they axed the Pauline Hanson episode on Jess Rowe’s podcast

‘The network needs to readdress the way it deals with issues like this,’ TMr Ashby told The Australian

‘The problem is the interview showed a human side of Pauline that the keyboard warriors who despise everything about her didn’t want you to see. But I feel for Jess that she was so hurt by what happened.’

Hanson had appeared on Jessica Rowe’s LiSTNR podcast to discuss her time in prison for electoral fraud in 2003, her children, and other lighthearted topics like her favourite tipple.

Response: Pauline Hanson (right) and her chief of staff James Ashby (left) have taken action after the One Nation leader's podcast was removed from The Jess Rowe Big Talk show

Response: Pauline Hanson (right) and her chief of staff James Ashby (left) have taken action after the One Nation leader’s podcast was removed from The Jess Rowe Big Talk show 

The sit down: Pauline had appeared on Jess Rowe's podcast to discuss the time she went to prison for electoral fraud in 2003, her children and lighthearted topics like her favourite alcoholic beverage

The sit down: Pauline had appeared on Jess Rowe’s podcast to discuss the time she went to prison for electoral fraud in 2003, her children and lighthearted topics like her favourite alcoholic beverage

Rowe promoted the podcast on social media as Hanson talking about ‘love, raising kids and why she keeps going’.

But the episode soon faced a backlash on Twitter, with Australian of the Year Grace Tame accusing Rowe of ‘subtly enabling’, ‘normalising’, and ‘valorising’ Hanson.

Rowe later asked LiSTNR to ‘take down the Pauline Hanson interview’.

Removed: Jess Rowe later requested for LiSTNR to 'take down the Pauline Hanson interview' after she faced immense backlash on Twitter

Removed: Jess Rowe later requested for LiSTNR to ‘take down the Pauline Hanson interview’ after she faced immense backlash on Twitter

As a result, One Nation will no longer air advertisements on SCA’s TV channels. 

The party was planning to pay for a series of ads across the company’s regional stations to promote Hanson ahead of next year’s federal election.  

Blackley received a scathing text message from Ashby after the podcast was pulled.

It read: ‘Cancel culture is a scourge on modern media and if we continue to allow it to permeate through society, SCA will forever be beholden to these minority groups.’

'SCA…will forever be beholden to these minority groups': Southern Cross CEO Grant Blackley later received a text message from Hanson's chefi of staff James Ashby (pictured) after the announcement

‘SCA…will forever be beholden to these minority groups’: Southern Cross CEO Grant Blackley later received a scathing text message from Hanson’s chief of staff James Ashby (pictured) after the announcement

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