Legendary broadcaster Alan Jones retiring from radio
Alan Jones, one of Australia's most well-known and popular talkback presenters, has announced he is retiring from radio.
Alan Jones, one of Australia's most well-known and popular radio broadcasters, is retiring.
Jones, 79, this morning told his millions of loyal listeners, he will step down from his show on Sydney's 2GB and Brisbane's 4BC at the end of May on doctor's advice, following an illustrious 35-year career.
"We are living in the world of coronavirus," Jones said.
"The most repeated statement we hear is 'we must listen to the experts'. Well, the experts are telling me in no uncertain terms, and not for the first time I might add, 'continuing with the present workload is seriously detrimental to your health'.
"I have listened to the experts and I am taking this opportunity to indicate to my radio family that I will be retiring from radio at the end of this month."
Jones said health-wise his is "okay" but needs to "be serious about reducing his load and listening to the experts".
"I am immensely grateful for the opportunities I have been given to share ideas… even argue with people."
Jones praised his listeners, who he said are his "best researchers".
"I'm not going away, I'm still going on Facebook, I'll still be on email… I'm not retiring, I'm just retiring from radio," he said.
"For now, as always, we've got work to do."
Jones, a former Wallabies coach, began his radio career in 1985 as a mornings host on Radio 2UE.
He spent 16 years there, the majority as the network's breakfast presenter, before moving to 2GB in 2001.
He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2005, for service to the community, to the media, and to sports administration.
"I want to acknowledge Alan for his contribution to 2GB, and prior to that 2UE, over many years. Alan has shown a dedication to his craft unlike any other and with that dedication comes excellence," Nine's CEO Hugh Marks said.
"This focus on his program's content has given him outstanding audience loyalty demonstrated over decades. We wish him well and thank him for all he has done."
Shocked Prime Minister Scott Morrison called in to Mr Jones' show this morning to offer his congratulations on his 35-year radio career.
"You've always spoken your mind to everyone, including me, and we've had one or two disagreements, but you've always done the right thing for your country," Mr Morrison said.
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she "wishes him very well".
"He's had a long and successful career and not everybody gets to retire when they're at the top of their game," Ms Berejiklian said.
"Anyone who commands such a strong following deserves our congratulations and our respect."
While former Prime Minister Tony Abbott called in and told Jones "it was a significant day".
Fordham to host 2GB breakfast
Ben Fordham will move from the drivetime slot and replace Jones on 2GB's breakfast program.
Nine will introduce a local breakfast program to 4BC in Brisbane.
"I feel a sense of both responsibility and opportunity. There's a huge responsibility in taking over from Alan and the opportunity to bring my own flavour to breakfast," Fordham said.
"Alan is the most successful broadcaster in the history of Australian radio. There will only ever be one Alan Jones. My first taste of radio was as a 15-year-old work experience kid on the Alan Jones breakfast show. I can't quite believe that all these years on I'm taking over the position he's made his own."
2GB and 4BC are part of Nine Radio