Monday, August 2, 2021

Veteran Australian radio host Howard Sattler dies

Veteran radio host Howard Sattler has died at the age of 76 after a long battle with a rare neurological disorder.
The controversial broadcaster was known for his reporting and commentary on current affairs, and for introducing a ‘shock jock’ style approach to Perth’s airwaves.
He spent the majority of his radio career on the 6PR network – where he worked for more than 30 years – after first starting out as cadet at The Sydney Morning Herald decades ago.
Back in 1991, he led 30,000 protesters to the steps of Western Australia’s Parliament, fighting for tougher penalties for juvenile criminal offenders. The Crime (Serious and Repeat Offenders) Sentencing Act was passed six months later.
In 2013, he was fired from his post at 6PR for questioning then-prime minister Julia Gillard over the sexuality of her partner, Tim Mathieson during a live interview.
Since then, and particularly in his later years, Mr Sattler became a vocal advocate for voluntary euthanasia laws.

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