3AW boss Stephen Beers is out as Macquarie Media prepares for full Nine takeover

Melbourne-based 3AW operations manager Stephen Beers has been let go, leaving his role with Macquarie Media as the radio business prepares for Nine’s takeover.

The axing follows Nine’s plans to absorb some of the Macquarie Media management roles, which saw CEO Adam Lang exit earlier this month. Chairman Russell Tate, however, was quick to say there won’t be any ongoing ramifications for 3AW’s content.

“3AW is an iconic and successful Melbourne station focussed on local audiences and content and that will not change,” said Tate.

“The 3AW team will remain firmly focussed on serving its audience and advertisers as they have always done.”

Mumbrella understands Beers isn’t the only management figure to get cut – Gordon Hill, commercial director of 6PR, has also been made redundant.

Beers had led 3AW and Macquarie Sports Radio from Melbourne since 2015. Earlier this week it was announced Macquarie Sports Radio’s talk programming would be paused for a full review following poor ratings. Macquarie Sports Radio talent has expressed their feelings about the axing of the programming over Twitter.

Mark Riddell, Jimmy Bartel, Ian Chappell and Darren Lehmann were just some of the sporting stars attached to Macquarie Sports Radio. Former SEN host Kevin Bartlett had also recently gone across to the station, after leaving SEN in July. 

Tate’s comments addressed rumours that 3AW is set to go the way of 4BC, Macquarie Media’s Brisbane AM station, which recently announced Ben Fordham’s drive show would replace that of local host Mark Braybrook.

The introduction of Fordham’s syndicated show means 4BC now has an all-Sydney lineup in the key weekday shifts. Alan Jones’ breakfast show is followed by Ray Hadley’s morning program, Steve Price’s afternoon slot, Ross Greenwood’s evenings and John Stanley at night.

Former talent of Macquarie Media has been vocal about the changes, saying the Nine takeover will result in mass redundancies and the end of the stations as consumers know them.

Former 3AW host Derryn Hinch lashed out on Twitter, accusing “Sydney butchers” of “executive bloodbaths”.

Nine’s takeover transaction of Macquarie Media should be complete by the end of 2019.


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