Bay FM radio host suspended

Byron Bay community radio presenter Giovanni Ebono has been suspended over comments he made on air about the death of Mullumbimby schoolboy Jai Morcom.

Mr Ebono, who presents the Bay FM program ‘The Generator’, has been taken off the air until the end of the current programming season in November.

The suspension followed a segment on ‘The Generator’ last week in which Mr Ebono spoke about explicit details surrounding Jai’s death and the need to address the ‘sickness in our society’ in which we ‘embrace violence and deny death’.

Bay FM president Ros Elliott said Mr Ebono had breached the Community Broadcasting Code of Practice.

Ms Elliott said the station had received many calls from people offended by the segment.

Mr Ebono told The Northern Star that he accepted the decision, but stood by his comments.

“I can understand the decision and I accept it. I’ve formally apologised to the Bay FM community for the offence I’ve caused, but I stand by my beliefs and I’m prepared to take the consequences,” he said.
 

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