- Commentator Ross Cameron has been sacked as a presenter on Sky News.
- Sky New says the language he used was “totally unacceptable”.
- Cameron had made comments about “slanty-eyed, yellow-skinned Chinese”.
Sky News has terminated its contract with presenter Ross Cameron after talked on air about “slanty-eyed, yellow-skinned Chinese”.
The announcement was made by Chief Executive Paul Whittaker.
“Sky News is committed to robust discussion and debate,” he says.
“However, this language is totally unacceptable and has no place in any of our platforms, nor in any modern Australian society.”
Cameron, a former Liberal MP, had said on the Outsiders program October 30: “If you go to Disneyland in Shanghai on any typical morning of the week, you’ll see 20,000 black-haired, slanty-eyed, yellow-skinned Chinese, desperate to get into Disneyland.”
Sky has since removed all mention of the comment.
“We apologise for any hurt or offence caused by the remarks made by Ross Cameron on the program,” says Whittaker.
Cameron last year described the NSW division of the Liberal Party as “basically a gay club”. He was speaking at at a fundraising dinner for the far-right Q Society.
The conservative commentators and shows on Sky have been a subject of mounting controversy this year.
In August, the channel aired an interview with Blair Cottrell, a known agitator for the extreme right in Australia who has expressed pro-Nazi views in the past and previously boasted about using violence to manipulate women.
Sky launched an investigation into how Cottrell had been allowed to appear on the show. In response, the Victorian state government announced it was pulling Sky News content from screens around Melbourne’s public transport network.