Nine’s 3AW backflips, returns Tony Moclair to overnight shift
After taking over Australia’s biggest commercial talk radio network, Nine set to work making changes to its executive team and lineup.
One of those changes sent listeners into a freeze when 3AW Melbourne’s Australia Overnight hosts, Tony Moclair and Bianca Johnston, got the flick.
The pair were replaced by 2GB’s Michael McLaren, who is also networked into 4BC Brisbane.
A petition on Change.org to reinstate the duo garnered 619 signature, well short of its target of 1,000, but seemingly just enough to send a message to management.
I'm thrilled to be back on @3AW693 tonight, steering the good ship Australia Overnight from midnight. Same host, same producer, same number: 13 13 32
— Tony Moclair (@tonemoc) April 26, 2020
“I wanted to let you know that, as of tonight, we’ll be bringing back Tony Moclair to 3AW overnights,” wrote content boss Greg Byrnes in an email to staff.
Byrnes also said this announcement followed the network’s the decision to return its evening programming to the local market, with Denis Walter on 3AW and John Stanley on 2GB.
“The big audiences that both Denis and John have attracted at night shows our listeners seek the companionship and connection of a local voice,” he wrote.
“Returning Tony to overnights in Melbourne is recognition of that, as well as the high regard in which we hold him as a 3AW broadcaster.”
In a tweet on Sunday, Moclair said he’s “thrilled to be back” on-air with the same producer.
In the memo, Byrnes thanked McLaren for his work across Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane over recent months and confirmed McLaren would remain on 2GB and 4BC.