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Sports Reporter Sacked After Criticising Anzac Day On Twitter

SBS sacks Scott McIntyre and issues apology after offensive tweets.

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SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid has sacked sports reporter Scott McIntyre after he posted a series of critical tweets about Anzac Day.

Journalist Scott McIntyre.
Via Twitter: @mcintinhos

Journalist Scott McIntyre.

On Saturday afternoon, McIntyre posted five tweets that questioned the Anzac narrative and labelled Anzac Day commemorations "against all ideals of modern society".

The cultification of an imperialist invasion of a foreign nation that Australia had no quarrel with is against all ideals of modern society.

Wonder if the poorly-read, largely white, nationalist drinkers and gamblers pause today to consider the horror that all mankind suffered.

Remembering the summary execution, widespread rape and theft committed by these ‘brave’ Anzacs in Egypt, Palestine and Japan.

Not forgetting that the largest single-day terrorist attacks in history were committed by this nation & their allies in Hiroshima & Nagasaki

Innocent children, on the way to school, murdered. Their shadows seared into the concrete of Hiroshima.

Ebeid quickly condemned the tweets, along with Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull. However, many members of the public were outraged and called for McIntyre to be sacked.

Comments from @mcintinhos are his own, disrespectful and not at all the views of @SBS. We remember and commemorate our ANZACs.

Difficult to think of more offensive or inappropriate comments than those by @mcintinhos. Despicable remarks which deserve to be condemned.

On Sunday, Ebeid and SBS Director of Sport Ken Shipp issued a statement announcing McIntyre's termination, saying "respect for Australian audiences is paramount at SBS".

"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," the statement says.

"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."

SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid.
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SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid.

"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," Ebeid wrote.

"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."