Is 2GB host Chris Smith the first to fall after Alan Jones contract renewal?

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After almost 90 ratings wins, 2GB broadcaster Chris Smith has fallen on the Macquarie Media chopping block.

A new report by the Daily Telegraph suggests Smith was hauled into a meeting with management on Monday to discuss his future at the top rating Sydney station.

After a contentious gathering, the daily newspaper says Smith “stormed out” of the Pyrmont-based headquarters. Luke Grant was immediately summoned to cover the afternoon shift, although Smith returned on Tuesday.

The top brass at 2GB were reportedly hoping Smith and evening host Steve Price would engage in a game of shift swap – Smith to evenings and Price, also a regular on Ten’s popular evening show The Project, to afternoons.

Suffice to say, it’s been a turbulent period for the talkback station with loudening controversy attached to both its breakfast host Alan Janes and mornings host Ray Hadley in recent months.

According to the Tele, Smith visited the building on the weekend to collect his personal belongings, and on Tuesday morning station management held “crisis talks” with Smith’s staff.

One radio insider has described the latest drama as “collateral damage”.

If negotiations between Jones and management failed, Hadley was tipped for breakfast and Price for mornings. But it wasn’t to be.

Jones inked a new two-year contract with the network last month for a reported $8 million after chairman Russell Tate stepped in to get the deal done. It followed a very public and prolonged negotiation that played out in the media.

Radio Today invited Macquarie Media and Smith to comment, but neither responded in time for publication.

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JASON ANDREW TOPPIN
26 Jun 2019 - 4:05 pm

TROUBLE AT 2GB COLD STEVE PRICE BE NEXT? IF THE REPORT IN THE DAILY TELGRAPH IS THE BE RELIEVED CHRIS SMITH COUD WEELL HAVE HAD HIS LAST PROGRAM ON AFTERNOOONS TI 2GB. LUKE GRANTB COLD BE REPLACE CHRUS SMOTH IOF STEVE PRICE IS NEXT TO GO MERICK WATTS COULD WELL REPLACE STEVE PRICE.

Mike Fox
27 Jun 2019 - 11:33 am

We always listen to Smithy everyday on 4bc in Brisbane, move him on and there will be a hell of a lot of people changing stations in a hurry as he is one of the best so leave him alone.

Greg Graham
27 Jun 2019 - 1:09 pm

Sure, nights is a lousy time slot but someone’s got to do it and if management think they can improve ad revenue with higher ratings with Price in the afternoons than that’s their call.

Radio hosts need to realise they’re a product and be swapped in and out of time slots to maximise shareholder value is part of the deal and they’re paid the big bucks in return for this uncertain existence. Footy teams work the sam way: they always have players on the bench to be swapped in if this improves the teams chances of winning.

Smith is a university educated man and it shows. I think the nights format would suit his more cerebral approach he’s capable of, rather than the sometimes silly stuff expected of afternoon hosts.

Barbara Eglitis
27 Jun 2019 - 1:27 pm

Chris I hope 2GB management comes to their senses and does not put Steve Price into your slot. I, for one, will not continue to listen in the afternoons if he takes your slot, as I do not like the man and don’t want to listen to him. I have been a 2GB listener (on 2CC) for many years and enjoy all the day time programmes, Alan, Ray then you but things will change in my household if you are moved. 2GB needs to get it’s priorities right – Steve Price is not a likeable man and I will not listen to him.
All the best, Barbara.

Helen Wintle
27 Jun 2019 - 4:41 pm

Do not find Price worth listening to at night and often wish there was someone far better than him in that slot. Chris would certainly be better, but again, why should he be moved to satisfy Price….. in fact, put Price in the midnight slot and Michael McLaren in Prices place.

Michael Thorne
28 Jun 2019 - 12:49 am

Good riddance. Extremely biassed reporter. I wont miss him.

Lorraine Andrews
28 Jun 2019 - 6:45 am

If Chris Smith goes then 2GB can say goodbye to many listeners. The daily line up as it is now is what keeps people going particularly the older listeners. I hope Smithy doesn’t get the “holiday stab in the back” he will be missed and 2GB can say goodbye to their top ratings.

Paul
28 Jun 2019 - 7:11 am

Steve Price in afternoons great move another white old angry man. That’ll work, always does – Kyle, Jones, Marty, Moonman, Hadley, Chaser, Eddie, Fitzy etc Listeners love them.

Damien Odell
28 Jun 2019 - 8:45 am

If 2GB replace Chris Smith with Steve Price they’ll regret it. Steve Price has nowhere near the grasp on the day to day issues that Chris Smith has. They’d be better off bringing John Stanley in if they must make a change but Steve Price is really only a pretender these days.

Chris
28 Jun 2019 - 8:54 am

According to Izzy Falou, Alan Jones is going to hell anyway so the breakky slot might become available a bit sooner than we think…

Jeni
28 Jun 2019 - 2:07 pm

I sincerely hope Chris Smith fights this dumb decision by management via his legal advisers. He is one of the best radio commentators on 2gb today. What a disgrace – will be at Ultimo studios Tuesday morning to protest . Keep fighting Chris – your supporters are with you.

Katrina Edwards
28 Jun 2019 - 9:01 pm

Helen Wintle excellent post agree 100% don’t like Price is he so bias with the project and just thinks of himself as you said this would be a great move “Do not find Price worth listening to at night and often wish there was someone far better than him in that slot. Chris would certainly be better, but again, why should he be moved to satisfy Price….. in fact, put Price in the midnight slot and Michael McLaren in Prices place.”

McLaren is brilliant how Price ever got a job on 2gb is beyond me.

Jean
30 Jun 2019 - 3:41 pm

Sorry Not a fan of Chris Smiths – love Alan & Rays the turn 2GB off until about halfway through Ross Greenwoods show then listen to Steve Price . Chris Smiths show is a bit like a Womens Weekly episode

anna del monaco
2 Jul 2019 - 3:39 pm

Well might be time to put the broom through Macquarie management because this whole chris smith matter has been dealt with disgracefully and bully boy thug Hadley gets to keep his job and bonus by default……says it all

Peteer
3 Jul 2019 - 2:28 am

The day has come, when you axe a presenter with 90 ratings wins, and a loyal following, to try to squeeze more out of their product, why ? Ray Hadley should have been sacked a long time ago, his is a bully and if taken to task gets away with his behaviour. Steve Roach got the flick after one incident of being a smart arse. We all have faults, why is something that’s not broken. They destroyed their only competitive station 2UE. Let’s hope they leave mini Hadley, Mark Levy there. If anything Michael Mclaren should be elevated to a day shift, he is the hope of the side….

Allan
13 Jul 2019 - 7:52 am

Bloody hell , what an opportunity Brisbane. Get him to Brisbane. We have no talented or charismatic jocks in this town and most AM talkback listeners love this guy. C’mon btisbane radio or is it all controlled from dreary old Sydney

Tony
15 Jul 2019 - 3:11 pm

Couldn’t stand Chris Smith. Very biased and his show seemed like one big ad for something nobody wants to buy. Every time he spoke it sounded like his teeth were about to fall out. Bring back lawsy.

Steven Martin
15 Jul 2019 - 8:56 pm

I things for sure & it’s nothing personal Pricey. I won’t be listening to 2GB from 12 noon now…..Which means I won’t be listening to Benny either at 3 pm.
After HADLEY…..I’m outa there. Wouldn’t want to be a sponsor during those times. If you are I’d be asking for 50% off due to the lost in listens

Jean Baldwin
23 Jul 2019 - 12:58 pm

I’ve been away for a few days, Home now listened to Price for half hour, That was half hour of my life wasted, wont put him on again.

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