3AW presenter Derryn Hinch fired
Derryn Hinch, a drive-time presenter on Melbourne’s most popular radio station 3AW, has been sacked.
A press release sent out this evening said that Hinch was told that his contract would not be renewed after he came off air tonight.
Hinch, a New Zealand born former police reporter, TV show host and novelist, brings to an end a 10-year stint with the Fairfax-owned talkback station.
The news comes a fortnight 3AW’s 4-6pm drive time slot lost some ground in the ratings, slipping to 12.6% share – but still held on to its market lead.
The station said that it had stood behind Hinch through a series of controversies. “Only last Friday 3AW gave the broadcaster the day off to fight in court a charge of failure to vote,” the company said.
3AW general manager Shane Healy said: “Life will not be the same without Derryn around but we believe listeners will react more than favourably to the changes we have in mind.”
A replacement for Hinch is expected to be announced within the next few days.
Healy added in a press release: “Derryn has been part of the fabric of Melbourne’s no.1 radio station for many years and we are immensely proud and grateful for his efforts over this time.”
“However, like all branches of the media it is impossible to stand still in a world of ever-accelerating change. Radio has withstood the immense challenges of the digital revolution much better than any other traditional media. But we, like print and television, cannot afford to stand still.”
“3AW, Melbourne’s most successful radio station of the modern era, must position itself to take advantage of the exciting possibilities opening up in the digital world and changing audience expectation.”
Hinch will not reappear on air after December, but 3AW said it hoped to find another role for him within the Fairfax network.