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Global News Radio Investigating Mike Stafford For Offensive Tweets

Stafford tweeted Monday that he expected to be fired

Toronto morning show host Mike Stafford is expected to return to the airwaves on Monday, according to sources at Global News.

Global News began an investigation into two tweets posted and then deleted from Stafford’s Twitter account on July 21. The tweets disparaged Muslims and South Asians at Mississauga Hospital.

Two tweets from Michael Stafford (@Loogan640). One complains about "another headscarf at Mississauga Queensway triage" and the other asks "can you keep your entire fucking family home from hospital emergency when Uncle Apu sprains an ankle?"

This week, broadcaster Peter Shurman filled in for Stafford on The Morning Show, which Stafford co-hosts with Supriya Dwivedi (formerly a co-host of Canadaland’s COMMONS) on Global News Radio 640 Toronto.

“Our employees are bound by stringent social media policies that we take very seriously,” a spokesperson for Corus, Global’s parent company, told Canadaland in an email Wednesday morning.

“That being said, we don’t have further comment on this internal matter.”

Employees within Global News tell Canadaland that they were upset by the tweets. Stafford did not respond to requests for comment.

Global management scheduled a meeting with Stafford on Wednesday afternoon, according to people at the company.

Stafford tweeted Monday evening that he expected to be fired:

Stafford joined AM 640 when it relaunched as Mojo Radio in 2001, after spending 14 years at CFRB, also known today as Newstalk 1010.

In late 2017, Corus brought AM 640 and other talk stations across the country under the new Global News Radio brand, following Corus’s acquisition of the Global television network from Shaw Media.

In December of that year, AM 640 fired Gary Bell following the broadcast of antisemitic tropes on his weekly show.

Last year, the station parted ways with regular contributor Lou Schizas, three months after he had claimed on air that migrant children detained by the U.S. government were in fact “actors.”

On Tuesday afternoon, Stafford appeared to eulogize his own career:

Sean Craig worked as an online journalist for Global News in 2017.

This post has been updated.

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