Marcus Paul on his sacking
Dear Friends and enemies in radio land!
I write with obvious reference to a number of recent stories about my departure from 2SM. I’m hoping this right of reply can put the issue to bed as I strive to move on to the next chapter of my 28-year media career.
Regarding the quiz question – I completely accept responsibility for the content aired, and have apologized numerous times. My reference in previous statements to a lack of support from the Super Network is simply how I felt it all played out – and I am comforted by the fact many leading figures in our industry have contacted me privately offering similar opinions. It’s now time to move on from this incident – and I have, knowing that from what I have read most people believe an apology and a brief suspension would have sufficed.
I refer to a comment written by a Radio Today reader below:
This was clearly the straw that broke the camel’s back.
The guy had absolutely no idea who his audience was. He was trying to be a radical lefty on an AM commercial talk network.
Anyone with even a tiny bit of experience in radio will tell you that you that commercial AM talk is conservative heartland – especially on the regional stations he was networked into.
His pandering to left wing radicals was not going to attract any listener over from TripleJ. But he kept doing it – over and over.
Did he honestly think that his near radical left ranting was doing the super network any good? Radical left show leading into John Laws… it was breaking every talk programming rule.
To be honest, I’m surprised he lasted so long.
In my opinion there are simply so many things incorrect with this assertion.
To begin with is the emailer suggesting talk radio should ONLY be for those who support a conservative or ‘right leaning’ point of view?
If so, then I’m sorry to say – talk radio in the country is on its death bed.
Is the emailer suggesting holding current Government’s in NSW and a Federal level to account for their use of taxpayer (our) money makes you a ‘radical lefty’? If so, then again – talk radio Networks might as well pack up and turn off their transmitters.
I am first and foremost a qualified journalist. My job is NOT to be an echo chamber for the LNP Governments – it is to provide a ‘fair and accurate’ commentary on issues as they play out. That is how a ‘democracy’ is supposed to work – and where ‘free speech’ must play a vital part.
I have audited the content on my program for the past six months – and it is very clear I hosted the most balanced news / talk program in Sydney and NSW. In fact, there were more ‘right’ leaning guests on the show than from the so called ‘left’ Labor and Greens. That is a fact. Many people applauded the fact my program provided a platform for all – including The Greens, One Nation, and the major parties.
Each day my broadcasts covered the news – this included the leading stories from NewsCorp papers that were ‘leaked’ by Premiers and Prime Ministers media people. I would think the job of a responsible broadcast journalist is to challenge and query these ‘drop points’ by allowing Opposition parties to comment, and for listeners to also provide their opinions via numerous outlets whether it’s on an Open Line, via email or on social media.
Of course I gave my opinion – and it was always backed up by researched evidence, be it treasury documents, newspaper articles from ALL sources, and most importantly, public opinion. Remember them? The public? A majority of whom it is very clear are tired of a Prime Minister who has failed to meet their expectations. My growing program had little to do with the fact public opinion is clearly favouring a change in political leadership. I dare anyone on this platform to argue how any successful talk back announcer should have a firm opinion.
Isn’t the job of a broadcaster to tap into public opinion? I would have thought so. I would also think the mandate for any program is to grow its audience share and provide an outlet that is reflective of their views and concerns. The emailer to Radio Today quite clearly thinks otherwise, and that if I’m targeting regional elderly listeners or rusted on conservatives then I’m doing the right thing. What utter rubbish.
Marcus Paul In The Morning, like it or not (and many didn’t) was a fast growing multi-platform news and talk radio program that aimed to do one thing – and that was to increase the numbers listening to 2SM breakfast, and to provide an alternative to the very polished and accomplished Ben Fordham on 2GB. By all measurements available to us, this was happening. The on-line listenership (via Streema) has tripled in my tenure, and on average The Marcus Paul In The Morning social media site was reaching one million (sometimes more) people each 28 days. I fail to see how this is not doing the job asked of me.
Finally, I hold no ill will to Mr Bill Carallis at the Super Radio Network. In fact, I thank Bill for the opportunity to fulfill my dream of hosting a breakfast show in my home city. What I will say however, is that I believe his decision to axe me was wrong, and I’m saddened that some of my detractors within the Network obviously got into his ear, and that is sad. Bill, your Network needs to grow listeners for the future, something I was slowly but surely endeavouring to do. Marcus Paul In The Morning brought people in their 20’s,30’s and 40’s to AM talk radio – while also providing content for those 50 plus with regular discussions about issues affecting the elderly. I was doing my job – and the mere fact I garnered so much confected ‘hate’ from some, again proves that in my opinion I was doing it well.
Anyone got any work?
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