Triple M farewells Ugly Phil
Veteran presenter ‘Ugly’ Phil O’Neil is departing Triple M and heading over to the UK for a new gig.
Triple M head of content Mike Fitzpatrick made the announcement today, revealing that Triple M’s Afternoons and My Generation host is leaving SCA.
“It’s always sad when we lose someone from the Triple M family, and today I can let you know we’ll be saying farewell to “Ugly” Phil O’Neil. Again,” he said.
“Ugly is heading back home to the UK, where he was the winner of many radio awards, to do a top secret project – no doubt we’ll hear more in the coming weeks.
Ugly Phil started out with Austereo at Sea FM on the Gold Coast almost three decades ago.
In 1993 he hosted ‘Phil O’Neil’s Hot 30’ with now ex-wife Jackie ‘O’ Henderson on Triple M Adelaide, and the show was moved to Fox FM and renamed the Hot 30 Countdown.
The show became popular and Austereo decided to syndicate it nationally, with Phil and Jackie moving to Sydney to broadcast out of 2DayFM.
Since those heady days, Phil has spent multiple stints in the UK, and has also held hosting jobs on Nova 96.9, Triple M Nights, Triple M Sydney Breakfast, 96FM and Star 104.5.
“Phil is a consummate professional and an amazing broadcaster and we’ll be sad to see the back of his bald head.
“Please join me in thanking Phil for his great work and congratulating him on his new project.”
Triple M will announce a replacement for Phil in both his slots shortly.