7 Oct 2012

Radio network calls 'time out' on ads over Jones comments

9:45 pm on 7 October 2012

There has been more fall-out over controversial Australian broadcaster Alan Jones' comments about the prime minister with all advertising on his breakfast show being suspended.

The Macquarie Radio network has issued a statement confirming the ads have been pulled because of "unprecented focus" on Jones after a speech he gave at a young liberals dinner.

Mr Jones said Julia Gillard's father John probably died of shame "because of her lies".

Macquarie's executive chairman, Russell Tate, says there have also been threats through social media against advertisers on the breakfast show, reports the ABC.

"The nature, tone and volume of the reaction to Jones's remarks, and in particular the threats being made through social media to companies advertising in Jones' program and the disruption being caused to their businesses, have made it necessary for MRN to call some 'time out'," Mr Tate said.

Woolworths, Coles, Dilmah, Freedom Furniture, ING, Bing Lee, and Challenger have already withdrawn advertising from Jones' programme.

And Jones has also been asked to return his Mercedes-Benz after the car manufacturer cancelled its sponsorship deal.