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Jones to run ad-free


Peter Martin

Fallout continues ... broadcaster Alan Jones.

Fallout continues ... broadcaster Alan Jones. Photo: Simon Alekna

Alan Jones will broadcast ad-free from Monday after his own radio network pulled the remaining ads of the sponsors who have stuck with him.

In a statement Macquarie Radio Network announced a temporary suspension of all advertising on its 2GB Sydney breakfast show hosted by Jones.

The move follows a week of unprecedented focus throughout mainstream and social media on Jones and remarks he made recently at a private function regarding Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the loss of her father.

The statement says it has been prompted by actions being taken and threatened against companies advertising on the Alan Jones Breakfast Show.

Macquarie Radio Network executive chairman Russell Tate said "the nature, tone and volume of the reaction to Jones' remarks, and in particular the threats being made through social media to companies advertising in Jones' program and the disruption being caused to their businesses, have made it necessary for MRN to call some 'time out'."

"Some simple facts need to be acknowledged.

"There is almost universal agreement that Jones' remarks were unacceptable, wrong and inexcusable. Alan himself acknowledged that from the moment he first advised me of them. He immediately arranged a media conference to state that publicly and apologise to the Prime Minister," he said.

"Although the remarks were not made on 2GB, our position from the outset has been that a personal, unconditional apology was a necessary and appropriate response. I encouraged Alan to repeat the apology on 2GB when he first returned to air last Tuesday morning following his media conference. His apology was unambiguous and unconditional."

Mr Tate said the threats to boycott Jones show were coming "almost entirely from people who do not listen to Alan Jones or 2GB at all – probably never have done and never will."

They did not have the right to "decide for our listeners who and what they are going to hear on the radio station they choose to listen to, and on the other hand decide for Australian-based companies which media outlets they will or won't use to advertise."

"What we are seeing here is 21st century censorship, via cyber-bullying.

"We have taken this unprecedented decision to suspend advertising in the Alan Jones Breakfast Show until further notice so that all of our advertisers are on an equal footing, can regroup and discuss with us the way forward and how we together deal with these attempts to damage great Australian businesses."

"The decision obviously comes at a very significant short-term cost to MRN. It is an insignificant price to pay for our audience to be able to listen to what they choose to listen to, and for Australian companies to advertise where they choose to advertise."


  • Truth be told there are no advertisers left that want anything to do with the show.

    And as to the comments from MRN as to the reasoning behind it, my god what a weaselly cop out. Totally spineless and pathetic.

    Shamu D-S
    Date and time
    October 07, 2012, 3:46PM
    • I find it interesting that any for of criticism is now bullying. Harden up

      Date and time
      October 07, 2012, 4:26PM
    • The 2GB remarks are just like Jones' "apology": pathetic attempts at self-justification.

      Max Gross
      Sapphire Coast
      Date and time
      October 07, 2012, 4:34PM
    • The sooner Jones "retires" from the Australian airwaves the better ......... he has nothing to offer apart from bile & hatred.

      Have a look at the ..... ..

      If he takes his "friends" with him that will account for half the so called Abbott "conservative" party as well.

      J. Fraser
      Date and time
      October 07, 2012, 4:39PM
    • No ads. That means Jones will need to speak more, and there is less time for him to compose his thoughts. I can see a brain f@rt coming very soon.
      According to 2GB, when the general public gets organised and says "no more", it = bullying. Well 2GB, the peasants are revolting, and your castle is collapsing.

      Danger Danger
      Date and time
      October 07, 2012, 5:04PM
    • Spot on <Danger Danger>.Less ADs = more air time for Jones to spout his bile.Perhaps a case here of giving him enough rope and he might do something with it from the nearest gumtree.

      More Rope
      Date and time
      October 07, 2012, 5:20PM
    • Jones' show to run ad-free.
      Only remains for 2GB to run Jones-free!

      Date and time
      October 07, 2012, 5:23PM
    • The irony is mind numbing, Alan Jones is one of the great bully boys of radio and when the public turns on him, demanding that enough is enough, he cries foul and 2GB claims "cyber bullying". Both hilarious and sad at the same time.. Oh and Alan, no-one, and I mean no-one, is jealous of you.. its just well past time you left the building!

      Sir Clevell Mangry
      Huon Hill
      Date and time
      October 07, 2012, 5:28PM
    • I can honestly say I have never heard such a load of self serving, self pitying and utterly farcical rubbish, especially when loaded with such an aggressive attack on the rightful reaction of decent people to indecent, outrageous behaviour.
      As you say, not too many advertisers left so this blustering excuse for valour by the network is as hollow as Jones's apology.

      Date and time
      October 07, 2012, 5:31PM
    • No business can afforded to lose the millions of cash rich listeners to his program.

      So despite what the looney left says, business still operate on money, so the sponsors will be back on Jones's program.

      Date and time
      October 07, 2012, 5:49PM

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