Kyle & Jackie O producer sacked in Twitter scandal

By David Blight | 24 July 2012

A Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) producer Bruno Bouchet has been fired from the company after he tweeted jokes about the weekend's Batman massacre in the US.

Bouchet wrote jokes on his Twitter feed not long after the event, which saw 12 people killed and 40 people injured in a Colorado cinema.

Bouchet has since removed the comments and shut down his entire Twitter account.

Bouchet was a guest and talent producer on Kyle & Jackie O's breakfast program.

SCA Sydney general manager Jeremy Simpson said: “Southern Cross Austereo has a strict social media policy that all staff must adhere to, and Bruno’s activity on Twitter was in breach of this policy.  It is for this reason that Bruno’s employment has been terminated, effective immediately.”

The Twitter comments were picked up by radio industry publication Jock's Journal before Bouchet deleted them. A post on the Jock's Journal Facebook page said: “Very, very sad to read Bruno Bouchet’s Tweets (five ‘gags’) on the tragedy in America involving the killing of 12 people and up to 40 injured persons at a Colorado cinema. Bouchet, who is the Guest and Talent Producer on Kyle & Jackie O’s breakfast show, twittered these ‘so called jokes’ just minutes after the news broke.

“Mate, I think a ‘Twitter’ apology would be appropriate – not to me or your Twitter readers who may be offended - but to the US families who are grieving today over the loss of loved ones.”

Social media scandals are a hot topic at the moment. Just yesterday, Seven News was lambasted for taking down comments from a mother criticising the program for its coverage relating to her deceased daughter.

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