2GB confirms Chris Smith’s departure
2GB has parted ways with Afternoons presenter Chris Smith.
In a statement on Tuesday (July 2), Macquarie Media confirmed that 2GB and Smith have ended their working relationship.
Smith will still go ahead with his pre-planned overseas trip, which will include a cruise from New York to London accompanied by about 100 his listeners.
He’ll finish up at 2GB on July 31, confirmed Macquarie.
“Neither 2GB nor Chris Smith will be making any further comment on the matter,” said the statement.
“We wish Chris well in his future endeavours. Chris would like to thank 2GB listeners for their ongoing support.”
The announcement follows reports over the last week that Smith’s relationship with 2GB had become strained, following speculation that he could be swapped with Steve Price on Nights.
Tuesday’s statement didn’t address whether Steve Price would be moved into the Afternoons slot.
Speaking on air last Tuesday, Smith said; “I am in discussion with management at the moment about my future and I really do hope to have some good news soon.”
Radio Today reached out to Chris Smith for further comment, but he did not respond in time for publication.
When asked about Steve Price’s future, a spokesperson for Macquarie said: “this is a work in progress and to be advised”.
A change.org petition for 2GB to keep Smith has almost 1,200 signatures at the time of writing.