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FORMER HIGHLAND RADIO BOSS DENIES HARASSING PRESENTER

first_imgThe former advertising and marketing manager at Highland Radio has denied that he pressurised or harassed a DJ at the station.Highland RadioJohn Clancy was giving evidence on the second day of a case of constructive dismissal taken by former afternoon show presenter Stephen Lynch.Mr Lynch, had earlier claimed at the Employment Appeals Tribunal in the Silver Tassie Hotel in Letterkenny, that he was put under significant pressure in his job weeks before his father’s death in October, 2012. As well as having the use of a company car taken from him, Mr Lynch, a father-of-three from Carndonagh, said his list of advertising clients was reduced from 29 to 15.He said he had been left with no option but to resign after his wage had been cut from €611 to €390.However, Mr Clancy, the son-in-law of Highland radio owner Gerry Rabbitte who joined the station in 2012, completely denied all claims made against him by Mr Lynch.He said he repeatedly tried to encourage Mr Lynch to improve his sales performance and offered him several ideas and ways of looking after his clients on the Inishowen Peninsula. He said the station’s Inishowen sales, of which Mr Lynch was in charge of, were in “cardiac arrest” and needed to be addressed.One included the idea of Mr Lynch taking off two weeks from his afternoon radio show to concentrate on improving his relationships with his existing clients and building new clients but he refused claiming his show would suffer.He also said an idea of having an outside broadcast featuring the station’s most popular presenter Shaun Doherty for two weeks in Inishowen was also rejected by Mr Lynch.On another occasion he picked up the local newspaper in Inishowen and went through all the adverts in the paper from businesses which did not advertise with Highland.He then suggested to Mr Lynch that they were potential sales which could be followed up on. Mr Clancy said that despite trying repeatedly to address the issue of falling sales, Mr Lynch would not return his emails for a number of days.He said his job was to drive the sales team and that in 2012, when other radio stations were dropping revenue by 9%, Highland had actually increased their sales by 8.5%.“That was unheard of,” said Mr Clancy.When he heard that Mr Lynch’s father was seriously ill, he completely backed off Mr Lynch. He added that if he realised how ill Mr Lynch’s father was then he would have suggested he take a six month sabbatical.And he denied earlier claims that he had a path worn to Mr Lynch’s door.“I was trying to help him out. I was trying to create a bit of a buzz. All radio stations were finding it difficult but I was offering to help Stephen,” he said.Mr Clancy also claimed that Mr Lynch would telephone other staff members to see if he was about and would leave directly for home instead of having to met with him.The tribunal heard the only employment contract between Highland and Mr Lynch was a handwritten piece of paper.Mr Clancy said he was not aware of the terms of Mr Lynch’s work contract.The tribunal also heard how the board finally decided to take the use of the company car from Mr Lynch.It also heard how there was a confrontation between station manager Mr Charlie Collins and Mr Clancy when the sales manager reduced the car pool from three cars down to two.Mr Collins then warned Mr Clancy not to go over his head again, the tribunal heard.Solicitor for Mr Lynch, Mr Ciaran Mac Lochlainn asked Mr Clancy if he used the pool car after it was taken from his client.He said he might use it once a week at most saying he had his own car.He added that he felt the cars were not being used properly and then introduced a log-book system so it could be recorded who was using the cars and at what times.Programme manager at the station Ms Linda McGroarty also gave evidence and refuted earlier claims by Mr Lynch that it was she who asked him to return his company car when he could not come into work during an outside broadcast in Buncrana.Ms McGroarty said she was very friendly with Mr Lynch and all the presenters but that he must have been mistaken.She said she had no recollection of any such conversation and that her first concern was for Stephen and the second was that she had to organise a presenter to fill in for him that afternoon.She told the tribunal “With respect I would not have done that (asked for him to leave the car back) as cars mean nothing to me. It would not have been something I would have said. I never mentioned car to Stephen.”The case was adjourned until October 6th next when it is expected to hear from Highland owner Gerry Rabbitte and his son Tim.FORMER HIGHLAND RADIO BOSS DENIES HARASSING PRESENTER was last modified: July 9th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Highland RadiojobJohn ClancyStephen Lynchtribunallast_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “I think one of the biggest things is just the timing with the receivers, the timing with my pre-snap ritual with the play-clock and the protections and everything, just getting that down smooth — because we don’t practice with a play clock — so just making sure that, and that all should come naturally so just with a different system it just takes a little bit of time.”Though he has been with the team for nearly a year now, most of Barkley’s work last season was running the scout team offense, meaning he was asked to replicate the opponent’s scheme and not run Arizona’s. His first real chance to run his actual team’s offense came in OTAs, and he noted they’ve received “more and more looks in camp.”He felt prepared for Friday, however, and understands that while he and his offense showed flashes, they simply did not do as well as necessary.Barkley’s rough outing likely did him no favors in his effort to claim the team’s third quarterback spot. He’s currently locked in a battle with undrafted rookie Jake Coker, though it’s entirely possible neither will make the Week 1 53-man roster.Arians has discussed the possibility of the team keeping just two quarterbacks, though a third would still be with the organization as part of the practice squad, for which both Barkley and Coker are eligible. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The former USC Trojan understands the situation he finds himself in, knowing he will have precious few opportunities to prove he can effectively run the team’s offense this preseason.“When there’s nothing you can do about that, about how many reps you get or whatever, you kind of have no choice but to make the most of what you do get,” he said. “So just control what you can control, and that’s what I’m focused on from here on out.”Barkley’s desire to impress the coaches did not necessarily manifest itself in Sunday morning’s practice, as Arians said he was worse than he was Friday night.“He had a baby yesterday so I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt,” he said, with a smile.The coach once again compared Barkley to a yo-yo, an analogy meant to describe how his play is up and down depending on the outing. The key for any QB is consistency, of course, and Barkley says the way to stop fluctuating and start stacking good days is to take everything one play at a time.“Just making sure that I’m focused on my reads, my sights, protections on that play, and that play alone,” he said.Barkley has plenty to focus on now, with his career on the field and life off it right now competing for his attention. Not surprisingly, his newborn is definitely on his mind, and there has not been much time for sleep or relaxation. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling But before you think the 25-year-old bolted quickly in order to avoid answering for his performance, know that instead, he was rushing on out of there to be with his wife, who was in labor and about to give birth to their second child.Jackson Barkley was born Saturday, and as the QB said, both baby and mom are healthy and doing well.The same was not said of his performance Friday.“Good and bad and ugly,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said after the game. “He had some really nice throws; forgot to send a motion on three plays in the formations for his receivers, so we didn’t have a play. But other than that, he did make some nice — he can make every throw, it’s just some of those little things he’s got to clean up.”Arians seemed especially peeved over the formation troubles, which at this point should not be an issue for Barkley. Acquired in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick at the end of last preseason, he now has roughly a year with the organization and, in theory, should have a pretty good understanding of the team’s offense and situational football. His game stats did nothing to help his night look better, either.“I thought I had a lot of good moments and a few not good moments,” he said Sunday morning. “A lot to learn from. I think just being out here in this system for the first time in a game scenario, I came away with a lot.center_img “It was a late night — after the game we were up all night at the hospital and everything, and then a little sleep last night because of curfew, but not a whole lot,” the father of two young boys said. “Exciting weekend, though, nonetheless.” – / 15 Comments   Share   QB Matt Barkley throws a pass during training camp Aug. 10. (Photo by Adam Green) GLENDALE, Ariz. — No doubt Matt Barkley’s night Friday against the Oakland Raiders could have gone better.In his first game action of any kind in an Arizona Cardinals uniform, the former fourth-round pick completed just eight of 24 passes for 121 yards with one interception in Arizona’s 31-10 loss.Given that he’s battling for a roster spot as the team’s third quarterback, he was understandably a topic after the game, though he did not stick around the locker room long to talk to the media. Top Stories last_img read more

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