Stefanovic reportedly in talks to join 2GB
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.