The ABC has axed its controversial Tonightly with Tom Ballard "comedy" program despite a regulator finding the program was not in breach of broadcasting rules over an attack of a Conservative Party candidate.
The Australian reports the program will end on September 7.
A skit on the program where "comedian" Greg Larson labelled the Conservative Party's Victorian Senate candidate Kevin Bailey “a c---” for refusing an interview, prompting Conservative Party leader Senator Cory Bernardi and Communications Minister Mitch Fifield to complain to the ABC and the media regulator.
Despite internal ABC and Australian Communications and Media Authority investigations, the program was found not to have a case to answer - yet the ABC said in a statement today it was, "time for a fresh approach".
Kevin Bailey responded to the news this afternoon on Facebook saying:
"I don’t care who they target with sort of low brow gutter talk. They abuse community standards and expect us to pay for it. It is not for Government funded enterprise to push this sort of language and pretend it is humour. Better that they are gone."
Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi previously spoke out about the skit in defence of Kevin Bailey:
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