Geoff Field redundant as funding crisis hits 2SER FM

Geoff Field has been made redundant from his position as News Director at 2SER-FM as the station struggles with a funding crisis.

Several positions, including the full-time News Director, have been made redundant.

Others leaving 2SER in recent weeks have included music director Steph Liong, who has made a move into the music industry and Macquarie studio coordinator Sean Britten, who has joined SEN. Jess Klajman, who is on maternity leave, has not been backfilled.

Commenting on his role as educator and mentor, Geoff says: “It’s been a privilege to teach so many talented students, not to mention being part of a radio station with such an important legacy in Sydney.”

Since joining 2SER-FM in 2017 Geoff has trained hundreds of journalism students from UTS and Macquarie University, with 70 of them have going on to jobs in the media.

Two of his students (Zac de Silva and Dona Sirimanne) have won the prestigious Brian White Scholarship in successive years, not to mention numerous others who were nominated as finalists.

He says he wishes everyone at 2SER-FM well. For now though, he is looking forward to sleeping-in after working breakfast radio for more than 25-years.

Geoff Field has had a 40-year radio career, working with media luminaries like Ita Buttrose, Derryn Hinch and Andrew Denton. He is best known for his 18 year tenure at 2DAY-FM. He worked with Wendy Harmer, then in 2004 joined the Kyle & Jackie O Show. In 2010 he moved to the Hamish & Andy Show, then joined 2SM then 2SER FM. Geoff has received four ACRA nominations for Best Metropolitan Newsreader.

Geoff was a strong campaigner for Gay Marriage, in 2016 telling Radio Today: “In the last few months I’ve become increasing annoyed as marriage equality has been turned into a political football. This, in spite of the fact that the vast majority of Australians support it. It’s unfair to people like me who just want to be equal under the law and it’s cruel to our loving families, but more on that later.”

In 2018, when Geoff was abruptly let go from Today FM, he told us:

“After 18 years with a company and being constantly told how valued you are, it came as a shock, as I was informed two days before taking my annual leave that I would be replaced by a national reader. To be honest I couldn’t really relax on my overseas vacation, and for the first month or two I was angry and bitter. It was nice to come home and find several job offers, but I was in the fortunate position of  not having to work, so I decided to travel the world with Jason for 12 months.”

Our coverage of Geoff’s long career is here.

On Twitter Geoff commented on the effect that covid has had on the station’s funding.

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3 Dec 2021 - 12:13 pm

Thoughts to Geoff and others affected at 2ser.
I hope the station continues to properly train journalism students.
Seems like a big loss.


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