Brian Wilshire

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Brian Wilshire (born 30 March 1944 in Strathfield, Sydney, Australia) is a radio broadcaster for 2GB Sydney. He currently hosts the 'Australia overnight' programme (12:00am – 4.00 am). [1] The signature of the show is the tune, "Hanky Panky", by Pete Fountain.

Brian Wilshire began his radio career in November 1969 at 2NZ in Inverell. [2]. He has won almost every survey at 2GB for the past 34 years.

Wilshire has many interests including snow skiing, car racing (having won his class in 1993 at Bathurst)[citation needed], writing books (his The Fine Print was Australia's best-selling book in 1992 -- source: Dymock's, Who Magazine), and playing drums in bands "Stringybark" and "Koala Soup".

Controversy over racist comments[edit]

On 16 December 2005, Wilshire was forced to make a public apology, after allegedly saying on air that many Middle Eastern immigrants were inbred as a result of consanguinity and thus hard to educate.[1]

"Many of them (referring to the carloads of youths who invaded the Sutherland Shire following the Cronulla riots) have parents who are first cousins whose parents were first cousins. The result of this is inbreeding – the result of which is uneducationable (sic) people...and very low IQ.” At no stage during the discussion was any mention of the race of the rioters mentioned. The media assumed Wilshire was talking about Lebanese.

His comments were met with outrage. "It reveals an uneducated comment on his part – they are disgraceful comments," then Premier, Morris Iemma, said.

Stephen Stanton, spokesman for the Lebanese human rights organization Cedarwatch:

"One is [Sydney radio] 2GB and the moronic manner that gargling boofhead has been berating and denigrating you. The airwaves are useless if they are used by people such as that. The other is newspapers such as The Australian."[2]

Following widespread condemnation, including by Premier Iemma, Wilshire has since apologized for his comments. He has since returned to 2GB Overnights.

Bibliography[edit]

  • The Fine Print: Australia's Special Role in the New World Order (1992)
  • Fine Print 2 (1993)
  • "One Man Banned" (1996) with Peter Sawyer
  • Monday School: What They Didn't Teach You in Sunday School (1996)[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Riordan, Bernard (18 December 2005). "When the sands ran red". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Cubby, Ben (17 December 2005). "Religious leaders embrace for peace – and point finger at radio station". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 15 January 2010. 
  3. ^ http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Search/Home?lookfor=author:%22Wilshire,%20Brian,%201944-%22&iknowwhatimean=1

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