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Alan Jones to take over 2CC Breakfast slot

Genevieve Jacobs 5 July 2019 148
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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148 Responses to Alan Jones to take over 2CC Breakfast slot
Ken Owers Ken Owers 12:27 pm 05 Jul 19

Does 2CC have ads? If so I won't be listening.

Dave Oliver Dave Oliver 12:30 pm 05 Jul 19

I moved to the Berra to get away from this goose !!!

What are they bloody thinking ?!??!

    Tony Morris Tony Morris 1:38 pm 05 Jul 19

    Dave Oliver theres a thing called choice, there is also a tuner.

    Dave Oliver Dave Oliver 1:40 pm 05 Jul 19

    Tony Morris I love choice ! Choice to be kind. Choice to respect women. Choice to get the facts straight. Choice to not be a loud mouth bully. Ah, the choices we have !

    Tony Morris Tony Morris 2:50 pm 05 Jul 19

    Dave Oliver You can also choose to not listen, you can also choose not to carry on like a 2 year old.

    Dave Oliver Dave Oliver 2:51 pm 05 Jul 19

    Tony Morris Gloria !

Kriso Hadskini Kriso Hadskini 12:32 pm 05 Jul 19

Yuck, closeted self loathing is not my cup of tea thanks.

Russell Hadley Russell Hadley 12:34 pm 05 Jul 19

it will be better than listening to Tim Shaw. bring on A J

Christine Johnston Christine Johnston 12:35 pm 05 Jul 19

Okay then, bye bye 2CC - couldn’t bear listening to the drivel that comes out of his mouth.....

Adrian Fitzgerald Adrian Fitzgerald 12:35 pm 05 Jul 19

Yay, will be listening, not.

Samuel Gordon-Stewart Samuel Gordon-Stewart 12:40 pm 05 Jul 19

If true, wonderful. There’s plenty of other timeslots available for local content. Alan’s highlights hour rates very well despite being hours old by 11am...having Alan on live and for more than an hour would be wonderful.

    Peter Bojkowski Peter Bojkowski 5:19 pm 05 Jul 19

    Samuel Gordon-Stewart which hours exactly....2CC is essentially now a relay station for 2GB during the week.

    Samuel Gordon-Stewart Samuel Gordon-Stewart 6:32 pm 05 Jul 19

    Peter Bojkowski 3-6 and some weekend time by the looks of it. Given 2GB has sacked Chris Smith, I’d like to think that opens up 12-3 for 2CC to use locally, but I won’t be holding my breath.

    Peter Bojkowski Peter Bojkowski 7:10 pm 05 Jul 19

    Samuel Gordon-Stewart Oddly, 2CC will now have more local content on a Saturday (6hrs between 6am and 12pm) than the 3hrs each weekday.

Justin Sevi Justin Sevi 12:40 pm 05 Jul 19

Great, so we get Rays full show now.

Andrew Webber Andrew Webber 12:42 pm 05 Jul 19

Much as I like Dan and Adam much of ABC Canberra content is driven by asking the audience to dial in and tell them opinions and stories. I'm presuming Alan Jones will be offering similar fare to Duckburgers.

    Susan Trainor Susan Trainor 12:48 pm 05 Jul 19

    Andrew Webber I haven’t heard him for a good decade but Alan Jones definitely gets a lot of “talkback” content like that. But he runs it like an echo chamber and verbals anyone who doesn’t agree with him.

    Samuel Gordon-Stewart Samuel Gordon-Stewart 12:59 pm 05 Jul 19

    Andrew Webber He also usually only opens the lines for a couple half hour blocks and spends the rest of the time on editorials and analysis of the day’s news, plus interviews which occasionally become interrogations.

    Ed N Joanne Towner Ed N Joanne Towner 2:12 pm 05 Jul 19

    Susan Trainor yeah!

Annie Clarke Annie Clarke 12:46 pm 05 Jul 19

Who is Alan Jones and what is 2cc!😁

Vickie O'Malley Vickie O'Malley 12:48 pm 05 Jul 19

Can't think if anything worse than listening to AJ, especially first thing in the morning. Loved listening to Chris Smith, what's happening to Richard Pernod?

    Amanda Devaus Amanda Devaus 1:10 pm 05 Jul 19

    i really likes Chris Smith also

    Greg Miller Greg Miller 1:27 pm 05 Jul 19

    I have a friend who claimed that he had his alarm set to the Alan Jones broadcast to play as he'd go from asleep to outraged in a few seconds...

    Michael Kemp Michael Kemp 5:47 am 06 Jul 19

    Vickie O'Malley “wake up to Alan Jones”!

Ian McTaggart Ian McTaggart 12:56 pm 05 Jul 19

Sounds like a recipe designed to chase listeners away.

Stephen Matthews Stephen Matthews 12:56 pm 05 Jul 19

So did Richard Perno leave or was he moved on?

    Vickie O'Malley Vickie O'Malley 2:19 pm 05 Jul 19

    Stephen Matthews seems i heard him last week in dubbo - returning home from hols.

    Peter Bojkowski Peter Bojkowski 7:08 pm 05 Jul 19

    Yes that appears to be the case. I thought he was on holidays as Rod Henshaw had been presenting the drive show for the past couple of weeks, but have since heard Richard is back doing the breakfast shift on 2DU. Did enjoy listening to Richard when I could, very entertaining.

Rob Long Rob Long 12:56 pm 05 Jul 19

What a joke, if I want to be poisoned I can listen to a toilet. I’ll have Dan any time.

Annie Andcooper Pike Annie Andcooper Pike 12:57 pm 05 Jul 19

So what happens to our mate Tim "but wait there's more" Shaw? At least he covers local issues!

Harvey Marchant Harvey Marchant 12:59 pm 05 Jul 19

Radio National is looking better all the time.

Justin Bush Justin Bush 12:59 pm 05 Jul 19

Mindy; now your Dad can listen to Jones closer to home.

Brent Pilgrim Brent Pilgrim 1:02 pm 05 Jul 19

Don't listen anyway 🤷‍♂️

David Newman David Newman 1:02 pm 05 Jul 19

Keep that fool and his bigotry in Sydney. There are reasons that we don’t live there; he is one of them

Michael Aichholzer Michael Aichholzer 1:06 pm 05 Jul 19

I know who I'd rather listen to.

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