Hadley guns for 2GB Breakfast slot amidst bullying allegations
As speculation over Alan Jones‘ future with 2GB continues to gain momentum, new reports suggest Ray Hadley is making a play for the Breakfast slot on 2GB.
Hadley is believed to have signed a new deal with Macquarie at the end of 2018 worth $200,000 per month, but the emerging bullying accusations by former staffers including long-term panel operator Chris Bowen haven’t helped Hadley’s cause.
For his part, Jones has had his own slipups over the past few years. 2GB took a financial last year when the wealthy Wagner family successfully sued Jones and the broadcaster for defamation for comments made about the Lockyer Valley floods of 2011.
Jones then aired a controversial interview with Sydney Opera House boss Louise Herron that saw him deliver an on-air apology after being accused of misogyny and bullying, and has reportedly been disciplined by Macquarie Media since.
Despite this, Daily Telegraph reports that Nine could still prefer Jones with his impeccable ratings track record, and are keen to avoid a repeat of the ratings slump that followed Stefanovic’s departure from Today on the Nine Network.
Nine chair Peter Costello is reportedly offering Jones a contract worth $4.5 million, but an insider suggests that the network is “terrified” that they could lose both Jones and Hadley.
Following accusations of “16 years of intense bullying” by Bowen yesterday, Hadley responded on his 2GB mornings show that he was “I’m sorry for any hurt I’ve caused him”.
Taking to Facebook, Bowen swore he wouldn’t let his complaint go unchecked like it did when he first raised it with 2GB in 2008, and that he and others were ready to “go over everyone’s heads with the new owners. Channel 9.”