Triple J responds to Gen Fricker claims: ‘we can always do better’

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National youth broadcaster triple j has responded to claims made by former presenter Gen Fricker that the station presides over a workplace culture of racist behaviour.

In a video posted to Instagram on Friday (June 5), Fricker called out triple j and its employees, saying they don’t hold themselves to the same standards they preach.

“The difference between being not racist and anti-racist is calling out that shit,” Fricker said.

In a detailed statement provided to Radio Today on Wednesday morning, a spokesperson from the publically funded broadcaster said that “racism is not acceptable at triple j or the ABC”.

“Our team values are equality and diversity, and we have ABC-wide workplace guidelines and policies and we regularly discuss, at every level, our approach to making our workplace as inclusive as possible.”

There is a concession, however, that the broadcaster has more work to do.

“Triple j’s proud of its culture and the ways we amplify diverse voices, music and issues on our airwaves, but like a lot of organisations, we can always do better,” the spokesperson said.

Amid a series of Black Lives Matter protests in major cities all over the country last weekend,  Fricker said she felt compelled to speak up about her experiences, which included having to “ask white co-workers to stop doing African-American accents in the office”.

Fricker also called out an unnamed triple j executive for recording a “30-minute long demo-sketch” in an Indian accent, pretending to be a call centre worker.

“Like, yeah, maybe that was recorded a long time ago, but it’s been on the system for five years. I don’t know if it’s still there now but it was on there up until I left,” Fricker said.

In today’s statement, triple j said it is “listening to feedback from former and current staff within our team as well as wider conversations, and reflecting on triple j’s place within them, both in terms of how we communicate as a team and with our audience.

“For some background on the kinds of guidelines we follow, you can read our elevate RAP (Reconciliation Action Plan) here and our Diversity & Inclusion Plan here.

“We know we have huge opportunities to play a part in change and we’re committed to working harder and doing more.”

Triple j is well-known for championing Indigenous artists, and also employs multiple First Australians, including Lunch presenter Dave Woodhead and weekend presenter Karla Ranby.

The broadcaster recently celebrated Reconciliation Week with a special lineup of presenters for the TOPS Indigenous Takeover on its Unearthed platform.

Watch Fricker’s full clip below:

 

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Posting this cos my mama said she was proud of me.

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Simon
11 Jun 2020 - 1:36 am

Wow, Gen! That was a really powerful video! Everytime I listen to Triple J drive I always wish she were still there with Lewis (her time there gave me so many smiles and laughs). My heart breaks that they smashed her radio career. Hopefully Hit/PodcastOne or another network pick her up one day?

John
11 Jun 2020 - 9:48 am

Funny how it’s only her…..nothing from Nas Camponella, Linda Marigliano who is of Chinese & Italian decent, Nkechi Anele, Hau Latukefu & other announcers who are not white.

Seems she’s the only one who’s bitter

Amanda
11 Jun 2020 - 9:59 am

Poor Gen suffering at the hands of some aweful people who work at triple J. Good on you for speaking out Gen. all power to you.

Ash London
11 Jun 2020 - 2:30 pm

Hey John,

It’s her experience, not yours. It’s not your job to tell her (or anyone) that her experience is invalid. And she doesn’t need other presenters to ‘back her up’ when it’s comes to her own feelings. Don’t assume nobody else shared their concerns because they chose not to publicly speak up. When women speak up we’re generally told that we’re “bitter” or “bitchy” and with all respect, your reaction has proven this. Speaking up isn’t always easy!

Let’s try and build a culture in radio where our first reaction isn’t to label someone as ‘bitter’ for speaking up, but to instead be open to their words and their experiences as a way to reflect on our own actions and treat eachother better in the future

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Finn
18 Jun 2020 - 10:19 am

Dear Ash,
John has a point though

Deej
4 Jul 2020 - 12:03 am

Dear Finn,
Gen has a point though

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