Karl Stefanovic ‘unlikely’ to replace Ben Fordham on 2GB & 4BC drive
The radio rumour mill has Karl Stefanovic as the favourite to replace Ben Fordham on 2GB and 4BC drive, but a Nine source said “it’s unlikely” given his breakfast TV commitments.
As part of the Nine Radio shake-up, Alan Jones said he would be “retiring from radio” at the end of May on doctors’ orders, with Fordham to replace the shock jock on 2GB breakfast.
Nine also confirmed it would introduce a local breakfast show to 4BC listeners in Brisbane, saying an announcement will be “made in due course”.
The changes also mean that Nine is looking for a new drive host to replace Fordham.
Sources close to Stefanovic told Radio Today on Tuesday that plans are in place for the Today Show star to take over from Fordham when he moves into breakfast after Jones’ departure.
The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said “the deal is almost done” between Nine and the television host, who will juggle both commitments.
“Karl is moving to drive as well as TV,” said the source, “the question is, will he be networked to Melbourne and Brisbane?”
The Nine source disputed any speculation that the returning Today Show host was shortlisted, given his already busy schedule, saying his “TV commitments remain first priority” for Nine.
Talking to Radio Today on Tuesday, Nine Radio boss Tom Malone remained tight-lipped when asked if plans to install Stefanovic into the duel role were legitimate.
“This has only just happened,” said Malone. It’s really been in the last week to 10 days, so over the next couple of weeks we’ll work out who will be the best person to take on drive.”
Malone also said that conversations with Jones’ about his future with the radio network have been unfolding quickly after medical advice.
“It’s really been in the last week to 10 days,” said Malone. “Right now we’re just focussed on breakfast. It’s been important to get the succession for breakfast sorted first.”