Red Symons exits ABC Radio Melbourne after 15 years

Staff Writer

Change sweeping through Melbourne radio isn’t just confined to the commercial FM side of the fence.

Former Skyhooks guitarist Red Symons has announced he’s leaving ABC Radio Melbourne and won’t be returning to the breakfast slot in 2018.

The broadcaster made the announcement before the end of his shift this morning, but the question is, was he pushed?

Symons was giving nothing away in his announcement.

“Why am I going? They haven’t said and I haven’t asked. Other things have been offered here but I think it’s better to make a clean break.

“I shall miss [producers] Katrina Palmer and Ross Kavanagh, I can pretend that I’m doing this alone but I am not. They make me more interesting than I really am. And I shall miss you, dear listener. Thank you.”

Earlier this year, Symons was forced to take two months off after suffering a head injury. He lost consciousness and hit his head while walking home from the supermarket.

He first presented the Breakfast shift in 2002, adding that: “I’ve spent five years in a band, 10 in television and 15 on the radio. Clearly whatever is next will keep me occupied for 20 years.”

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