Sydney radio station 2GB announced on their website about an hour ago that controversial talkback presenter Alan Jones is retiring from radio.
2GB said ‘Australia’s most popular and successful talkback presenter Alan Jones AO, has today announced that, acting on doctors’ advice, he will step down as the host of the 2GB and 4BC breakfast program at the end of May.’
The story says that during his broadcast this morning Jones told listeners: ‘We are living in the world of coronavirus. 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.’
Mad Fucking Witches claim victory
Across the interwebs a group knows as the Mad Fucking Witches are claiming credit for Jones’s retirement. The ‘Witches’, who say their name was inspired by Peter Dutton calling a journalist a ‘Mad Fucking Witch’, have been specifically targeting Jones and the advertisers on his 2GB show since he verbally assaulted NZ PM Jacinda Ardern last year.
The Witches Facebook spread jubilant news in a post this morning:
‘BREAKING NEWS – We did it, witches. WE FUCKING-WELL DID IT.’
The post continues, ‘Together, we showed everyone in Australia’s media and power base that the collective power of a group of angry, organised and committed witches could achieve something fucking HUGE.
Jones signed two-year contract
‘Make no mistake, Costello and 2GB and all the #StatusBRO a***holes will now spin this … but we know better. Jones signed a two-year contract last July and fully expected to be on air for all that time.
The Witches believe that it was the pressure they put on 530 advertisers that saw Jones having to leave 2GB.
The post ended with the hashtags: #Cackle #ToYourBrooms #SackAlanJones
The 2GB story concluded by saying Jones will be continuing to broadcast on Sky News and will also continue writing for The Daily Telegraph and The Australian.