3AW’s Alan Pearsall sacked, Hugh Marks addresses Macquarie staff
Nine’s shakeup of Macquarie Media continues with more changes at 3AW, as Weekend Overnight host Alan Pearsall gets the axe.
Pearsall hosted the show for 29 years, and told the Herald Sun he wasn’t afforded the opportunity to say goodbye to listeners, following a management meeting last Thursday (November 7).
“I did ask whether I could do the weekend shift (to say goodbye), but they said they were going to find a little spot for me to say farewell,” he said. “I said that wasn’t going to be enough, so I left it be.”
“I’ve been there for a long time. After 29 years, you make a lot [of] radio friends. Even though you don’t know them personally, you feel like you’ve become part of their lives, and in many ways too, they’ve become part of my life.
“The people who call into all-night radio are a friendly mob, and they’ve given me a lot of joy for many years.”
Macquarie Media formally became a part of Nine on Monday morning, and the change was addressed in a note to Macquarie employees from Nine CEO Hugh Marks.
Marks said he was “tremendously excited” about the potential radio offers for Nine. “We have a great opportunity to lead the news conversation in each city and better engage with our audiences – be they television viewers, print and online readers or now listeners via radio or online,” he said.
He revealed he would be visiting 2GB and 3AW this week to introduce new radio boss Tom Malone, who recently spoke to Radio Today about getting started in his new role and his strategy moving forward for Nine’s radio assets.
Marks also thanked employees for their patience due to uncertainty in recent weeks surrounding the business.
“We are big believers in the power of Macquarie’s talk radio network and in its people. Talk radio has an innate power to drive debate and to speak up on behalf of the community,” continued Marks in his note.
“We are confident that with the full backing of Nine we can continue to grow the radio business and will work to ensure that you have the support, infrastructure and clarity to be able to do what you do best.”