SYDNEY – Australia's public broadcaster apologized on Sunday after a
radio host asked his listeners to play a word association game involving Hitler
and fan-forced ovens.
The prank broadcast Thursday evening on "Triple J", the
Australian Broadcasting Corporation's youth radio station, caused Dvir
Abramovich, the director of the Center for Jewish History and Culture at the
University of Melbourne, to lament that there seems to be "no aspect or symbol" of the Holocaust that is
"not subject to perverse abuse and cheap trivialization."
Host Tom Ballard
initially refused to apologize, saying on Twitter: "If you don't like the show,
just don't listen."
But the station issued a statement later saying
it "apologizes unreservedly for any offense caused." Ballard said that he "sincerely apologized" for the joke which "offended and upset a lot of
people. That's not what I like doing," he said. "I like making people laugh and
I like making people happy.