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Bolt goes and Jones may follow

Monday 11 March, 2019

 

Survey one is out tomorrow and there will be plenty of interest around revamped breakfast shows and now some added spice with reports Andrew Bolt and possibly Alan Jones departing from Macquarie Media.

Speculation about Alan Jones contract has been ongoing since the defamation case last year and has intensified with Nine’s acquisition of Macquarie Media through the Fairfax deal.

The Australian is reporting today that Andrew Bolt is leaving Macquarie following a breakdown in negotiations over a new contract, and his departure from his on-air partnership with Steve Price will also mean an end to his weekly segments on 2GB with Ben Fordham and Chris Smith.

According to the Australian, Herald Sun columnist Rita Panahi, who stood in for Bolt during the negotiations, will get the full-time role.

Meanwhile there has been speculation that Alan Jones is talking to Sky News about a role outside of radio as it appears negotiations for his contract renewal have stalled.

The Saturday Telegraph reported over the weekend that legal clauses in Jones’ contract meant that his employer, Macquarie Media, had one month to respond to an expression of interest from Jones to continue negotiations.

That time frame ends on Wednesday, after which Jones is considered a free agent despite another three months remaining on his contract.

Of major concern for both Nine/Macquarie and Jones will be conditions attached to any contract renewal following a turbulent year for the veteran broadcaster in 2018

 

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