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She replied: “I’ve already told you the story about this ... and don’t look at me and smile because it’s not funny.”

The girl then raised her voice and said: “Oh OK, I got raped when I was 12 years old.” 

Sandilands then asked “Right ... is that the only experience you’ve had?” before the mother admitted she knew of the rape “a couple of months ago”. Her daughter shouts: “Yet you still asked me the question.”

ACMA chairman Chris Chapman said at the time: “Even in these more liberal times, quizzing an underaged child about her sexual history, for mere entertainment offends community standards.”

In November last year, Sandilands again provoked uproar, breaching decency codes after calling a woman journalist a “fat slag” and telling her he would “hunt her down” after she reported on the negative reaction to his TV show the night before.

He was reported as saying: “What a fat bitter thing you are, you’re deputy editor of an online thing.

You’ve got a nothing job anyway. You’re a piece of shit. You’re a bullshit artist, girl. That’s what you are.

You should be fired from your job.” 

 

Watchdog ACMA again ruled against the station after a two-month investigation.

Chapman said Sandilands’ comments were “deeply derogatory and offensive” and handed the station a penalty – another five-year condition preventing it from broadcasting indecent content that demeans women or girls.

If breached, it could result in suspension or cancellation of Austereo’s licence, prosecution, or heavy fines.

Last week’s prank call will no doubt also be investigated by the ACMA.

It is believed the audio, which was still being aired on the radio station as news of Saldanha’s death broke at 3.30am AEDST, was vetted by lawyers before being broadcast.

When the call first aired, a spokesman for the ACMA admitted it had received complaints.

However, as TNT went to press on Friday night, amid calls on Twitter for the presenters to be sacked, the radio station – given the time difference – was yet to make a statement.

The world was waiting for Australia to wake up, to find out whether the 2Day FM programme would live to see tomorrow.

 

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