14 Jun 2013

Radio DJ sacked over gay question to Julia Gillard

8:36 pm on 14 June 2013

An Australian radio presenter has been sacked after asking the country's Prime Minister Julia Gillard if her partner Tim Mathieson is gay.

Howard Sattler asked the question during an interview on Fairfax Radio's 6PR, in which he challenged Ms Gillard to address a series of myths and rumours.

The DJ said to Ms Gillard he wasn't making the statement, but it was a popular myth. He then said "But you hear it. He must be gay, he's a hairdresser."

Ms Gillard told him the line of questioning was absurd.

Sattler had six months remaining on a two-year contract and said he is planning to take legal action over the termination. He said he had no regrets over the incident and there are other factors at play in his sacking.

The ABC reports that the station has released a statement apologising "unreservedly" for the incident.

"During an interview on the Drive programme yesterday, presenter Howard Sattler pursued a line of questioning with Julia Gillard that was disrespectful to the office and person of the Prime Minister and was entirely inappropriate," the statement read.

"Radio 6PR apologises unreservedly to Ms Gillard and Mr Mathieson for allowing these matters to be raised."