Published: Thu, May 25, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Yassmin Abdel-Magied's show axed month after Anzac post

Yassmin Abdel-Magied's show axed month after Anzac post

Outspoken activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied's ABC show has been given the chop just a month after she posted disrespectful comments about Anzac Day on Facebook.

The Age reports Abdel-Magied's program will be cut in "coming weeks" as part of the broadcaster's programming and staffing restructure.

"Who is anyone to tell me what it means to be Australian?" she asked a group of Year 9 students from Dapto, NSW, adding she had been treated "unfairly".

The Australia Wide program debuted in 2015 and aired on Sunday mornings, showcasing "the stories from the people and places that make up the Australian experience".

The ABC's hierarchy initially moved to stand by Ms Abdel-Magied in the wake of her social media controversy, however that appears to have been shortlived.

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On his regular segment on Macquarie's 2GB with host Ray Hadley, Dutton turned his venom on the ABC, singling out Abdel-Magied and the Q&A program.

In a statement to The Age, the ABC denied the cancellation of Australia Wide was linked to the Abdel-Magied's post.

The federal immigration minister Peter Dutton has renewed his attack on the ABC and described news of controversial host Yassmin Abdel-Magied's axing overnight as "one down, many to go" on Sydney breakfast radio this morning.

'Yassmin was aware the program was under review, and we are discussing with her future opportunities at the ABC'.

The ABC did not respond to Starts at 60's request for comment at the time of publishing.

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