Ross Cameron Fired From Sky News Over Racist Comments

Sky News commentator Ross Cameron has been sacked, following racist comments about Asian people on the Outsiders program.

Cameron described Chinese people as "black-haired, slanty-eyed [and] yellow-skinned" during a broadcast on October 30.

On Friday, Sky News Chief Executive Paul Whittaker announced that Cameron had been sacked.

"I have today advised Ross Cameron that his contract with Sky News has been terminated," Whittaker said in a statement.

"Sky News is committed to robust discussion and debate however this language is totally unacceptable and has no place on any of our platforms, nor in modern Australian society."

Whittaker apologised for the hurt and offence caused by Cameron's remarks, and said all content from that episode has been removed.

The comments had prompted outrage from Australians, with at least one complaint made to the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

"This is nasty even by the low standards of Sky News and Outsiders," said former race discrimination commissioner Tim Soutphommasane on Twitter.

"I've said it before, but we are looking at the normalisation of racism, and the monetisation of hate by sections of the media. If we tolerate it, we will end up in a very ugly place."

The show -- billed as an alternative to ABC's Insiders -- has been beset by scandal and outrage for years.

Recently, Cameron and his co-host Rowan Dean were forced to issue an on-hair apology for their handling of comments made by Senator David Leyonhjelm about Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Cameron has also come under fire for describing people who file workplace sexual harassment claims as immature.

His sacking comes more than 18 months after Mark Latham was fired as a commentator after suggesting that a school student was "gay".

It remains to be seen if Outsiders will continue, with just Dean remaining as host.

Contact the author: abrucesmith@networkten.com.au

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