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Wednesday 19 June 2019

Dil is going off the air in Hook protest

Dil Wickremasinghe. Picture: Tony Gavin
Dil Wickremasinghe. Picture: Tony Gavin

Cathal McMahon

Newstalk's Dil Wickremasinghe will not host her show this weekend in protest at comments made about rape by her colleague George Hook and the alleged failure by management to act in the case.

In a statement, Wickremasinghe said she was "appalled and disgusted" by the comments made by Mr Hook on his show on Newstalk last Friday.

Wickremasinghe, who will return to her 'Global Village' show on the station on Saturday September 23, was also strongly critical of station management.

She has accused bosses of being "unsupportive and unwelcoming" of female presenters.

Describing her reaction when she heard Mr Hook make the controversial comments, Wickremasinghe said: "My immediate reaction was this time he has gone too far and surely the station will react appropriately and at the very least suspend him immediately from the airwaves until a decision is made regarding his future."

She added that "victim blaming is unacceptable, irresponsible and dangerous".

Hook made an apology on his radio show this Monday saying he was "profoundly sorry" for any hurt caused.

Irish Independent

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