SBS reporter Scott McIntyre has been sacked after tweeting “highly inappropriate and disrespectful comments” about the Anzacs on Anzac Day. Do you think the broadcaster made the right call?

On Saturday evening, in the midst of Anzac Day commemorations, soccer reporter Scott McIntyre sent out five controversial tweets to his followers (he has more than 30,000 of them).






SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid and Director of Sport Ken Shipp condemned McIntyre’s tweets, and said they constituted a sackable breach of the station’s Code of Conduct and social media policy.

“Respect for Australian audiences is paramount at SBS,” Mr Ebeid and Mr Shipp said in a statement.

“Late on Anzac Day, sports presenter Scott McIntyre made highly inappropriate and disrespectful comments via his twitter account which have caused his on-air position at SBS to become untenable.

“Mr McIntyre’s actions have breached the SBS Code of Conduct and social media policy and as a result, SBS has taken decisive action to terminate Mr McIntyre’s position at SBS, with immediate effect.

“At SBS, employees on and off air are encouraged to participate in social media, however maintaining the integrity of the network and audience trust is vital. It is unfortunate that on this very important occasion, Mr McIntyre’s comments have compromised both.

“SBS apologises for any offence or harm caused by Mr McIntyre’s comments which in no way reflect the views of the network. SBS supports our Anzacs and has devoted unprecedented resources to coverage of the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings.”

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull also labelled McIntyre’s comments “despicable” on Twitter.

McIntyre’s sentiments are somewhat similar to those expressed by actor Russell Crowe last year. While promoting his film, The Water Diviner, Crowe said, “I think we should be mature enough as a nation to take into account the story that the other blokes have to tell. You know, because we did invade a sovereign nation that we’d never had an angry word with. And I think it’s time it should be said.”

Crowe’s comments obviously didn’t alienate too many people — The Water Diviner, which was set in the aftermath of the Gallipoli campaign, went on to become the highest grossing Australian film of the year.

Do you think McIntyre’s comments on Twitter made his on-air position at SBS untenable? Do you agree with the network’s decision to let him go, or would you like him to be reinstated? Vote in our poll and have your say in the comments below!

UPDATE: This poll has closed, and the results are in – the majority of you don’t think Scott should have got the sack. 28.31 per cent of you said he shouldn’t have been sacked, even though you disagreed with his comments, because he has the right to make them; and 32.9 per cent of went even further and said he shouldn’t have been sacked because his comments were spot on. 38.27 per cent of you said he should have been sacked because his comments were inappropriate and disrespectful. Meanwhile, 0.53 per cent of you just weren’t sure.