Alan Jones to depart radio, Ben Fordham into 2GB brekkie
Legendary broadcaster Alan Jones dropped a bombshell on his radio show this morning.
Jones confirmed he would be “retiring from radio” at the end of May, on doctors’ orders, marking the end of a 35-year career behind the microphone.
Shortly after his on-air resignation, Nine confirmed drive host Ben Fordham would replace the shock jock on 2GB, with Fordham labelling the challenge “a huge responsibility”.
Nine also confirmed it would introduce a local breakfast program to 4BC in Brisbane, saying an announcement will be “made in due course”.
“We are living in the world of Coronavirus,” said Jones on Tuesday. “The most repeated statement we hear is ‘we must listen to the experts’.
“Well, the experts are telling me in no uncertain terms, and not for the first time I might add, ‘continuing with the present workload is seriously detrimental to your health’.
“I have listened to the experts and I am taking this opportunity to indicate to my radio family that I will be retiring from radio at the end of this month.”
Jones has dominated the breakfast radio timeslot on 2GB Sydney, recording 226 survey wins.
Walkley award-winning journalist Fordham will replace Jones on 2GB breakfast.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison also called into the show to congratulate Jones on his achievements. “You’ve always done the right thing by your country,” said the PM.
Jones will continue to broadcast on Sky News and continue writing his columns for News Corp papers The Daily Telegraph and The Australian.
Nine chairman Peter Costello called Jones the outstanding broadcaster of his generation.
“Away from the microphone, Alan was warm and generous,” he said. “Many people benefited from his support.
He neither advertised nor sought recognition for it. Alan Jones will be given many accolades, and he deserves them. A great career. An outstanding contribution.”
Jones’ broadcasting career began in 1985 when he was recruited to join Radio 2UE. Three years later, he moved to the breakfast shift in 1988 and soon shot to #1.
In 2001, he moved from 2UE to 2GB driving the station to #1 Sydney, where it has remained.