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2GB presenter accused of bullying

Sunday 24 March, 2019
Chris Bowen

A former 2GB studio producer has called out bullying in the radio industry in a public post on Facebook. 

Chris Bowen has written about his years working with a “bully” who regularly berated and harassed him in the workplace. 

Bowen, who does not name the “bully” in his post on the social media platform, chronicles the effects the years of bullying have had on his mental health. 
 
Interestingly, in bullying cases the accuser tends to prefer to remain anonymous while outing their tormentors. This time it’s the other way around and in respect to Chris, radioinfo has also decided not mention the alleged bully - although anyone who worked with Chris at 2GB will know who he means. 
 
Chris writes that a number of factors have contributed to years of mental health issues, “But also 16 years of intense bullying by a work colleague at Radio 2GB. I can’t bring myself to name the person, because even with my new found clarity and insight I fear their unpredictability. This person is incredibly intelligent, a pure genius at getting out of a sticky spot. Plus is backed by much more coin then me!”
 
Chris admits he was well paid and that he played a part in the presenter’s behaviour by not calling it out earlier. “When you’re dealing with someone you’ve put on a pedestal since the age of 8, someone who can pick up the phone and ring the Prime Minister, Opposition Leader or Police Commissioner on a whim, someone that an entire company relies on for a significant part of its profit - well you tend to just do what they say.”
 
After going public on facebook, Chris feels apprehensive about possible repercussions. “I don’t expect this revelation will go down that well. I’m ready for some nasty blowback and the opening of a Pandora’s box.” 

You can read the whole post from Chris on his facebook page and add your comment. 

In response to Chris's post 2GB's National Executive Producer, Michael Thompson provided this statement on behalf of the station:

"All staff at Macquarie Media are required to adhere to a workplace behaviour policy which includes a responsibility to maintain a safe working environment and report any matters of concern. Any matters reported are investigated on a confidential basis and the outcomes are discussed directly with the people involved. We are not aware of any complaints related to this matter and would once again invite those to be raised directly with the station."

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Anonymous
25 March 2019 - 11:40am
I am also involved in a workplace bullying matter, although my thoughts are with Chris as his experience sounds so much worse.

There is no doubt bullying is a problem in our industry, in my case with a broadcaster that my wife and I worked for overseas.

The best thing I ever did was call it out and report the bully, which I did. That action cost me my senior role in the business, but it was either call it out or continue watching it happen to good people. Eventually I became the target.

After reading the story from Chris, I've re-affirmed speaking out was the right thing to do. If I were 20 years younger and 100% dependent on the role for my future I would probably have put up with it, hoping someone else did something.

I'm happy to be back home in Australia, unfortunately at the expense of being able to fulfil my dream role in broadcasting.

My thoughts are with Chris.
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