9 May 2013

Sports broadcaster 'ashamed' of remarks

9:02 pm on 9 May 2013

A veteran sports broadcaster in Australia says he is embarassed and ashamed about remarks reported as racist that went to air accidentally.

Rugby league caller David Morrow has been suspended ahead of an investigation into the comments, before an ABC broadcast of the match between St George Illawarra and Manly on Monday.

Mr Morrow says he is deeply distressed that the remarks have been interpreted as racist.

It is reported the remarks included a reference to the difficulty of seeing dark-skinned people at night in Darwin.

Linda Burney, acting chair of the Australian Rugby League Indigenous Council, says the remarks are unacceptable.

"Clearly, he is ignorant to the uncceptability and the insulting nature of the comments that he has made. One of the most powerful ways to address that with individuals is to actually sit down with Aboriginal people."

Ms Burney says David Morrow must make an unreserved apology at the very minimum.