Listeners of CFOX and CKNW were treated to those Vancouver-based, Corus-owned radio stations' first-ever simulcast today (December 16), illustrating the dangers of media concentration in Canada.
On the Jeff O'Neil Show, Global TV "personalities" Chris Gailus and Squire Barnes were asked a series of offbeat questions while apparently drinking beers.
Gailus was preparing to interview Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau. A radio host suggested that the TV anchor ask Trudeau whether he'd "F[uck], kill, or marry" Health Minister Rona Ambrose; Laureen Harper, the prime minister's wife; and former governor general Michaëlle Jean.
Fast-forward to 7:25 in the following clip to hear the disgusting banter:
The segment has since been criticized by community advocates for its sexism. Apologies are being demanded.
But, of course, the Neanderthal who asked Premier Christy Clark what it’s like to be a "MILF"—and was later hired by CKNW—doesn't see anything wrong with what transpired on the Jeff O'Neil Show.
Update #1: Fortunately, the assistant news director at CKNW disagrees with her coworker. And she nails it.
Update #2: CKNW's brand director, Ian Koenigsfest, has apologized on air to listeners of that particular station for the "offensive to women" segment that "crossed the line".
CKNW host Simi Sara told her listeners that she also found it offensive and unfunny.
So, what about CFOX?
I was caught completely off guard by an offensive and disrespectful segment on morning radio today. It was not funny and it was #NOTokay.— Chris Gailus (@chrisgailus) December 17, 2014
@chrisgailus and I were part of radio segment today that included questions & comments we didn't expect and ABSOLUTELY don't agree with— Squire Barnes (@sbarnesglobal) December 17, 2014
The Jeff O’Neil Show and CFOX have issued an apology.