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Kyle Sandilands supported by radio station bosses after scandal

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Kyle Sandilands's 2DayFM boss has revealed that the star has his "support" after his recent controversies.

The radio personality, who caused an official Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) investigation when he launched a tirade against a female journalist on air last year, is still being backed by his bosses despite the furore.

The ACMA found that Sandilands's comments, calling the reporter a "fat slag" and threatening to "hunt her down", were "deeply derogatory" and "offensive", ordering that 2DayFM will have their licence suspended if they broadcast any indecent content for the next five years.

Chief executive Rhys Holleran told The ABC's The World Today of the order: "What we've got concerns with is around the interpretation of these issues and we think that they'll be very difficult to comply with.

"For example, terms such as decency, demeaning, undue emphasis, probably mean different things to different people and from that regard, they are ambiguous. It will mean different things to different people."

Holleran said that the station is "concerned" with the licensing condition, adding: "We take the business of owning and operating a broadcast license incredibly seriously."

He also said that they are sticking with Sandilands at the moment, even though he could not confirm if the star's contract with 2DayFM will be renewed.

"I don't think any of us have guarantees, it's silly to try and give those things," he said. "You shouldn't imply from that that there's some doubt. As we sit here today, Kyle has our support."

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