2GB’s Smith takes legal action as speculation turns to Denis Walter’s future
3AW’s Denis Walter may be the next host with his job on the line at Macquarie Media.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Chris Smith could be moved from Afternoons to Nights, in a straight swap with Steve Price.
That move would see 3AW take Price’s program in Melbourne, dumping current Afternoons host Walter.
Smith’s future was thought to be up in the air, after it was reported that the 2GB presenter stormed out of the Macquarie Media building on Monday (June 24).
According to the Tele, Smith was hauled into a management meeting to discuss his future at Macquarie.
Responding to Radio Today’s request for comment on Wednesday (June 26), Macquarie Media CEO Adam Lang was quick to hose down suggestions that Smith’s job was on the line.
“Chris Smith continued to broadcast on 2GB, 4BC and network stations [on Tuesday].
“While we do not comment on individual presenters and their agreements, Chris has addressed on air the claims made in a newspaper article today.
“The audio is available through our website.”
In that audio, Chris responded to the speculation over his future and poked holes in The Daily Telegraph’s original report.
“It’s a pretty long article, and it’s got its fair share of assumptions and inaccuracies.
“What I can tell you though, is that I am in discussion with management at the moment about my future and I really do hope to have some good news soon.
“But in the meantime, it is just business as usual.”
The latest Tele report claims that Smith has since called in lawyers to fight against being moved to nights, while Macquarie Media has reportedly launched an investigation into who leaked the story.
Smith remained on air on Thursday (June 27).
“I’ve got two final shows remaining until I jump aboard a giant kangaroo,” he said, starting his show.
“Then hopefully back in the saddle here.”
An interesting caveat is that Smith will fly overseas next week for a break, including a cruise from New York to London accompanied by about 100 his listeners.