2UE’s morning presenter Paul Murray has gone on air to criticise the firing of drivetime presenter Jason Morrison. In comments on his show this morning, Murray criticised the move before concluding “We’re buddies forever – bugger radio”.
Murray’s comments came in the same week that Fairfax Radio Network’s 2UE sunk to the lowest rating commercial station in Sydney and hours after the station finally publicly confirmed that it was letting Morrison go.
In an email to staff last night, 2UE’s general manager Chris Parker said:
“After three years at 2UE 954, Jason Morrison is moving on.
“During his second professional stint at 2UE, Jason has provided listeners with a no nonsense, hard hitting mix of breaking news, information and entertainment.
“He is a professional, credible and reliable broadcaster and is to be commended for his dedication and for speaking out on issues that matter.
“We expect Thursday November 21st to be his final program and wish Jason and his family all the very best.
“2UE 954 aims to be Sydney’s leading source of news, information and entertainment and we’ll be in a position to make some very positive announcements on this front soon.”
This morning Murray – reported to be leaving the station on his own volition in order to focus on his commitments to Sky News – criticised the decision. He told listeners:
“I know he’s quite hurt and upset by what has been going on. The situation and the tensions has led to a bit of a lessening of his love of radio and that in and of itself has made me pretty angry and very upset.
“Jason is one of the most talented people I’ve ever known.
“He is a good and decent human being, and as a broadcaster a very talented man and he will be a loss to the radio station, quite a significant one. We’re buddies forever – bugger radio.”
This week Sky News announced that Murray would be joining the network “full time”.