Stefanovic reportedly in talks to join 2GB

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As another week passes, and with the future of top-rating 2GB Breakfast host Alan Jones no clearer, the rumour mill has kicked into overdrive on who could replace him.

Jones has less than six months on his contract with Macquarie Media.

The latest name to be thrown around is former Today host Karl Stefanovic.

Now The Australian reports that Stefanovic is in talks to join Macquarie, with the suggestion that he could make a suitable replacement Jones on 2GB and 4BC Breakfast.

Despite being axed from Today, the eccentric and well-loved personality still has two years left on his contract with Nine.

There is also the caveat of Nine’s recent takeover of Macquarie Media, so a move to the network would keep the highly-paid Stefanovic in the family.

Earlier this year Radio Today speculated onStefanovic’s future after rumours he was sounded out by SCA for 2DayFM or Triple M Sydney Breakfast.

The frontrunner to replace Jones – if negotiations fail – remains 2GB Drive host Ben Fordham, while SMH says Ray Hadley is rumoured to be keen to move into Breakfast.

Whoever replaces Jones will have a tough time of it, with the talkback king consistently topping the Sydney Breakfast radio ratings for some time now. Although many radio insiders will tell you that 2GB’s audience isn’t going anywhere given the bedded listening habits and their disdain for ABC Radio.

In Survey #1 last week, Jones lost ground, but still finished the period with a 15.2% share of listening (-1.3), well ahead of the second highest rating show; ABC Sydney Breakfast with Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck.

As Radio Today reported last week, Jones would have no shortage of suitors if he does depart his long-term gig, with Sky News and 2CH both circling the shock jock.

Over the weekend SMH suggested that Bill Caralis-owned 2SM is also interested, which would see Jones go head-to-head with Hadley, and join former 2UE stablemate, John Laws.

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Bill Kinnane
18 Mar 2019 - 6:11 pm

Laws works at 2SM,so how would Jones go head to head with him at the same station?

19 Mar 2019 - 10:54 am

Bill ,if you re read the story it says.
“……….and join former 2UE stablemate,JOHN LAWS

19 Mar 2019 - 11:16 am

If Alan Jones leaves 2GB, and it’s a big if, he won’t go to 2CH or 2SM. The preferred option I would think because of his age and health would be Sky News.

If there are changes at GB because of a departure in b/fast, if he wants it, Ray Hadley is an absolute certainty for b/fast.

Ty Skeels
19 Mar 2019 - 12:03 pm

No Thanks! Karl will train wreck 2GB for sure!

19 Mar 2019 - 12:43 pm

I stream 2GB from Adelaide. I listen to all broadcasters because I feel they all have a good moral compass. If Stefanovic joins 2GB, I will be departing as a listener. Please remember he was sacked from the Today show for a reason.

nick bartlett
19 Mar 2019 - 1:03 pm

Alan must be laughing. So hard he will knock his coffee off the balcony and into the harbour.

Jan Fisk
19 Mar 2019 - 4:42 pm

No way!! I would be the first to stop listening…. Karl does not have my respect!

19 Mar 2019 - 6:56 pm

No No No

19 Mar 2019 - 9:02 pm

No not Karl 2GB better then that!

20 Mar 2019 - 9:49 am

I don’t think Ben Fordham would want the horrendous breakfast hours with a small family.

Kenneth Hibbert
20 Mar 2019 - 11:19 am

If Karl gets on 2GB I will log out like many other listeners.He wrecked the today show and he will do the same again to 2GB.

christine Cooper
20 Mar 2019 - 6:48 pm

if mr jones leaves 2gb so will i

christine Cooper
20 Mar 2019 - 6:55 pm

i can’t listen to mr hadley for very long because of his constant use of umms and errs he needs help for this very annoying habit so please not first thing in the morning would really have to look elsewhere

Lynne dunn
20 Mar 2019 - 7:55 pm

I would really prefer if he was back on the today show,along with Richard ,Tim,Sylvia and Stevie doing the weather,

21 Mar 2019 - 3:49 pm

Karl no way!!! I will have to find another station.

Dan the man
30 Mar 2019 - 11:10 am

Suck in 2GB listeners, biggest knob on tv or radio.


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