Hunters & Collectors tell Steve Price to remove song from 2GB radio show
An article about Hunters and Collectors requesting radio broadcaster Steve Price to cease using the song Holy Grail.
Author: Aja Styles, Sydney Morning Herald.
Date: 20 July 2016.
Controversial broadcaster Steve Price has removed a Hunters & Collectors song used to introduce his radio show on Sydney’s 2GB radio station at the request of the band following comments he made on Q&A.
Price made headlines after he called columnist Van Badham “hysterical” on the ABC panel show on Monday last week, while discussing violence against women in relation to the controversy surrounding Fairfax Media journalist Caroline Wilson.
Van Badham slams Steve Price’s comments on Q&A after a questioner described the murder of his sister at the hands of her partner. Vision courtesy ABC.
Price was forced to defend his comments on The Project, saying he was “ambushed”, and while he did not regret his retort to Badham, he was disappointed the story had become about him and not the issue.
“I didn’t try to turn anything into theatre, but I’m not going to be verballed by an aggressive woman sitting next to me who thinks you can only be upset by domestic violence if you’re female,” he told The Project’s Carrie Bickmore.
Later that week 2GB, owned by Macquarie radio and Fairfax Media, was contacted by Hunters & Collectors asking for their song Holy Grail to be removed from Price’s show.
Macquarie Media’s chief operating officer, Adam Lang, confirmed that the show had been contacted by the band to request that the song be removed.
“They acknowledged they didn’t have the right to, but asked would [Steve] remove the song from the show,” Mr Lang said. “He was not forced to do that. Steve really likes the band and he respected their wishes.”
Mr Lang said the band didn’t give a reason for wanting the song removed. Holy Grail has played as Price’s theme song for years under the licensing provisions in place for radio.