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Austereo not affected by Kyle Sandilands scandal, say bosses

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Kyle Sandilands' most recent on-air scandal has apparently not affected his Austereo company, according to his bosses.

The controversial Australian presenter lost a number of his show's sponsors when he launched a verbal tirade aimed at a female journalist last year, calling her a "fat slag" and threatening to "hunt her down".

Southern Cross Austereo bosses, however, have now insisted that there has been no lasting financial impact from the mass advertising walkout.

Chief executive Rhys Holleran told AAP: "From a trading perspective, whilst not helpful, its impact overall has not been material. We are not going to give details on exact numbers, nobody quite knows what the exact number is."

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Radio ratings published last month indicated that Sandilands and his co-host Jackie O had suffered a 1.1% drop in listeners in the first survey period of the year.

Holleran said: "Would we have preferred to have not lost the revenue? Yes, we would have. But I think we are progressing okay."

Brian McFadden recently sparked concern when he suggested that Sandilands could be suffering from depression. After Sandilands was criticised for taking a lot of sick days, McFadden said: "[He's] been really down. I think everything's getting on top of him. He's just not a happy camper at the moment."

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