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Genevieve Jacobs reluctantly farewells ABC Radio Canberra

Wednesday 06 December, 2017

After 11 years, Genevieve Jacobs will not be returning to ABC Radio in 2018.

Michelle Ainsworth, Editor ABC Canberra, thanked Jacobs for her contribution to local Radio.

“Genevieve has made a terrific contribution to ABC Radio Canberra over the past 11 years.

"She is a highly respected journalist and broadcaster who has presented a number programs and connected deeply with the community over local stories and issues.

"With Genevieve’s departure from ABC Radio Canberra we’ll take the opportunity to refresh the program in 2018. We wish Genevieve all the best for the future.”

The Canberra Times reports that before going on air, Jacobs emailed contacts telling them at 50 she had no plans to retire, and while her career with the ABC was over, she certainly was "not out".

"I'm writing to let you know that about a month ago ABC Canberra manager Michelle Ainsworth told me that my services were no longer required on air. This makes me very sad," she said, in the email.

"I'll be telling the listeners this morning and I wanted to let so many of you who have been friends, guests, colleagues and comrades know too.

"I thank you all for your generous friendship and everything we've shared on the radio over the past decade.

"I do love nothing more than a good yarn about a big idea and so many of you have helped make that possible."

The 9am to noon ratings slot is shared on ABC Radio Canberra between Jacobs on Mornings until 11 and then the nationally-syndicated show Conversations with Richard Fidler until noon.

ABC Canberra Radio has lost market share in the ratings for the timeslot over the year, falling from around 15 per cent to around 11 per cent, losing footing with the commercial FM stations Hit 104.7 and Mix 106.3.


Genevieve Jacobs began her career as a rural journalist working on local and regional papers across the South West Slopes. As a freelance journalist she has written for national gardening and fine arts magazines and was also the ACT and Southern NSW co-ordinator for Australia's Open Garden Scheme.

Since joining the ABC in 2006, Genevieve has shared her passion for politics and current affairs, history, the arts, the environment, and family issues across weekend and weekday programming.

Genevieve has been widely involved in community events in Canberra through community engagement roles.

She has also been a panellist for forums including the National Museum’s annual review of the year’s events and has served as a member of the Canberra anti-poverty week steering committee and the Australian Institute of Architects award jury.

Genevieve will present her final Mornings program on Friday 15 December.

An announcement on ABC Radio Canberra’s 2018 station line-up will be made in the afternoon on Wednesday 6 December.


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6 December 2017 - 9:45pm
I am very distressed to learn that Genevieve Jacobs has been advised that her services will no longer be required at the ABC next year.

I have been consistently impressed by her intelligence, her sensitive and articulate interviews, and the variety of issues she brings to her program.

I will miss her and think this a big mistake for the ABC that I love.
8 December 2017 - 7:34am
Always good to see stations refresh I reckon.
15 December 2017 - 11:12am
Genevieve is the most erudite and articulate presenter. I have listened to her for years and she is just wonderful the way she can sum up an argument and the way she can interview in the most thoughtful and penetrating way. I can't believe this senseless decision of management - Cathy

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