Alan Jones to take over 2CC Breakfast slot

Genevieve Jacobs 5 July 2019 139
Alan Jones will be broadcasting in the 2CC Breakfast slot from July 15. Image: supplied

Alan Jones will be broadcasting in the 2CC Breakfast slot from July 15. Photo: Supplied.

If ever you needed a sign that the Canberra media landscape is in flux, here it is: Alan Jones will be presenting breakfast on 2CC from July 15 in what station manager Michael Jones says will be a direct challenge to the ABC’s Dan Bourchier on news and current affairs.

2CC will run the fully nationally syndicated Jones program from the Sydney studios 5:30 am to 9 am weekdays, while current breakfast host Tim Shaw has been moved to the Drive slot between 3 pm and 6 pm.

ABC Breakfast lost their ratings crown in April after a long run of successive wins throughout the Ross Solley and Philip Clarke eras. Bourchier, who is also the ABC’s newsreader, lost out to 106.3 FM’s Kristen and Nige in their first survey. Johnson has an extensive local radio history and returned to presenting late last year after a hiatus following the implosion of the Scotty and Nige show.

Overall, Hit 104.7 claimed the top spot on 17.8 per cent, just ahead of 106.3 on 17 per cent while with ABC Radio Canberra, with a different programming mix, was third on 12 per cent. 2CC does not feature in the top three listings, although Shaw has worked hard to provide an alternative morning talk offering, as did his predecessor Mark Parton, now a Liberal MLA.

“Dan Bourchier vs Alan Jones would be a good contest,” Michael Jones says. “It’s about winning ears and it gives Canberrans a good choice for which way to go in the mornings.

“Alan has been part of 2CC for a long time and he’s always been very good to us.”

Tim Shaw wilTim Shaw will move to the Drive slot on 2CC. Photo: Twitter.l move to the Drive slot on 2CC. Image: file

Tim Shaw will move to the Drive slot on 2CC. Photo: Twitter.

2CC has previously taken a highlights package with a local breakfast program, but following the success of the model at 4BC in Brisbane, the network believes that a full national breakfast program will win listeners, while incorporating some local content.

“The new arrangement gives us a chance to be more competitive in the market because the resources behind that program are excellent. The success he has as Australia’s number one broadcaster is outstanding”, Jones says.

Jones has recently been embroiled in prolonged contract negotiations, following a major slug to 2GB when he lost a $3.7 million defamation case with Queensland’s Wagner family. Reports before his June 30 contract deadline suggested that Jones had been offered a contract, at $2 million a year, half that of his current salary.

Fairfax Media were the majority owner of Macquarie Media, which owns radio stations 2GB (Sydney), 4BC (Brisbane) and 3AW (Melbourne). Since the merger, Network Nine are now the principal stakeholders.

A statement from Alan Jones says that he is “looking forward to being with you at Breakfast time in Canberra from July 15. We’ll be rattling a few cages!!!”

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139 Responses to Alan Jones to take over 2CC Breakfast slot
John OR John OR 9:56 am 12 Jul 19

Free pod casts are a pretty good alternative

Queanbeyanite Queanbeyanite 7:18 pm 11 Jul 19

Canberra Bubble Buster!

Not my cup of tea, I listen to iTunes classical.

    Capital Retro Capital Retro 7:36 am 12 Jul 19

    That sounds interesting. Which radio station do I tune into to get that?

nealg nealg 6:26 pm 11 Jul 19

If you prefer a decent commercial free, Jones talk-back free station try a community radio one like ArtSound FM, 92.7 or 90.3 in Tuggeranong.

David Carpenter David Carpenter 7:52 pm 07 Jul 19

Christ almighty this is Canberra.

Yuri Shukost Yuri Shukost 11:20 am 07 Jul 19

The people who listen to Jones probably don't listen to the ABC anyway.

Greg Field Greg Field 2:52 pm 06 Jul 19

I hope he goes down like a lead fart with the local audience ...

Elizabeth Edwards Elizabeth Edwards 1:21 pm 06 Jul 19

Hopefully it will bomb out as it did in Melbourne when the shock jock phenomenon was attempted here.

Hazel Bull Hazel Bull 1:11 pm 06 Jul 19

Saves money not paying a Canberra based announcer. Jones contract with main station pays a fortune.

Colin Fitzgibbon Colin Fitzgibbon 1:05 pm 06 Jul 19

Don’t listen to him when I’m in Sydney. Why would I listen to him here? One of the two angriest men on Australian radio.

Amanda Caldwell Amanda Caldwell 1:05 pm 06 Jul 19

He’s not “presenting” anything. They will just be taking a syndicated feed of his program out of Sydney sticking local ads around it.

Susan Nolan Susan Nolan 12:50 pm 06 Jul 19

Why does this article say that the contest is between Jones and Bourchier when he didn’t win the most recent ratings?

William Nauenburg William Nauenburg 11:05 am 06 Jul 19

So this is the end of the radio station

Allan Veney Allan Veney 10:50 am 06 Jul 19

On $4M a year! Old has been? You wish

Paul Conn Paul Conn 10:35 am 06 Jul 19

Shock jock radio in Canberra. Just what we need. Not.

Anna Earnshaw Anna Earnshaw 10:14 am 06 Jul 19

I will defiantly be listening. ABC needs a more dynamic morning presenter...

    Patricia Tancred Patricia Tancred 8:43 am 12 Jul 19

    Try RN - excellent new coverage,comment and interviews. Local content, especially under dreary Dan, is highly overrated.

    Anna Earnshaw Anna Earnshaw 1:48 pm 12 Jul 19

    Patricia Tancred , yes, husband listens to RN

Mac John Mac John 9:24 am 06 Jul 19

I will not listen to this Mr Jones

Capital Retro Capital Retro 8:55 am 06 Jul 19

Here’s something for all you haters (who probably weren’t even born in 1984) to choke on:

Alan Jones AO – Coach – Rugby Union
In 1984 Jones was elected coach of the Wallabies, taking over from Bob Dwyer, and coached Australia until early 1988. The team won 102 matches making him the most successful Australian rugby coach ever. His teams won 23 Tests out of 30, and four of those losses were by just a point.

Scott Wallis Scott Wallis 8:44 am 06 Jul 19

Great, now i have to move

Chelle Belle Chelle Belle 8:17 am 06 Jul 19

Well I certainly will stop listening . It will become all about his opinion and bias and not an open forum for Canberra listeners. Appalling.

Rod Holesgrove Rod Holesgrove 4:35 am 06 Jul 19

Thats bloody awful - we don’t need him in the ACT - why is RiotAct giving Jones publicity?

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