Meshel Laurie slams the Australian radio industry as ‘sexist’ and ‘misogynistic’ in extraordinary rant after former colleagues accused her of being difficult to work with
Media personality Meshel Laurie has taken aim the Australian radio industry in an extraordinary rant about ‘sexism’ and ‘misogyny’.
The podcaster, 49, aired her grievances in a lengthy Instagram post on Monday, after she was called out by industry ‘snark’ account ‘The Australian Radio Lords’ during a Q&A with its followers.
The account had asked its fans – most of whom are radio professionals – to expose the ‘worst talent’ they’d ever worked with, and Laurie was named alongside fellow female radio personalities Em Rusciano, Ash Pollard, Sami Lukis, Brigitte Duclos and Bogart Torelli.
Reposting the Q&A to her own Instagram page, Laurie wrote: ‘So @the_australian_radio_lords decided to ask a fun question of the Australian radio industry tonight and guess what? It highlighted the rampant misogyny that’s driven most of the women mentioned out.’
‘Nice work bros! Enjoy riding the dying behemoth that once was. At least we ladies made some money out of it,’ she added.
Laurie, who worked in radio for two decades before quitting in 2021, continued her rant in a series of text slides, writing: ‘This is why I shudder when people ask me if I’d ever go back into radio.’
‘Seriously, the misogyny is so deeply ingrained. These are the (only) answers to a question about difficult talent on a radio Insta account tonight.’
Laurie also suggested that bullying and sexual harassment of women is rife in the radio industry, and questioned whether men had branded certain women in the Q&A as ‘difficult’ because they ‘didn’t stand for their behaviour’.
Furious, Laurie declared: ‘F**k radio and long live podcasting.’
The Australian Radio Lords have since commented on Laurie’s post by taunting: ‘The Lords are disheartened you feel this way. But appreciate your opinion.’
‘Well I don’t appreciate your lack of respect and you can f**k yourselves,’ Laurie replied.
Laurie had a successful career in commercial television and radio until she crossed over into podcasting.
She currently hosts Australia’s biggest true crime podcast, which has racked up over 65million downloads since it started in 2017.
Most recently, Laurie launched a comedy podcast called Can We Be Real? which she co-hosts with broadcaster Simon Baggs.