Alan Jones’ contract to be terminated if he missteps again: Macquarie Media

Macquarie Media has said it will terminate the contract of radio host Alan Jones if he again makes comments similar to those he made last week about New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

A statement made by Macquarie Media chairman Russell Tate, released today, said Tate had discussed the incident with Jones and told him ‘any recurrence of commentary of this nature’ would result in him being dumped by the broadcaster.

Jones’ comments about Ardern were met with disgust online

The decision comes after Jones said on his 2GB and 4BC breakfast show last week that Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison should ‘shove a sock down the throat’ of Ardern following her thoughts on climate change.

After the comments were met with significant backlash, Jones released a statement saying the outrage was a result of ‘wilful misrepresentation’ and that he had misspoken, instead wishing to say Arden should ‘put a sock in it’.

In the statement, Tate said the comments caused offence to ‘many people’ and that despite the fact Jones had since admitted the comments were ‘careless, unnecessary and wrong’ and apologised, action would be taken if the incident was repeated.

“On Thursday on his 2GB and 4BC breakfast show, Alan Jones made certain comments in respect of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, which caused offence to many people,” read the statement.

“Recognising the offence caused by his remarks, Alan on Friday publicly apologised for them.

“In his apology, Alan recognised that his comments were “careless, unnecessary and wrong”, and “should have been more clearly thought out”. He indicated that he had apologised sincerely to Prime Minister Ardern for any offence given, and had certainly not intended to suggest any harm through his comments.

“Notwithstanding his apologies, I have today discussed the matter with Alan and advised him that any recurrence of commentary of this nature will result in the termination of his contract.”

In May, Jones signed a contract with Macquarie Media to stay with the broadcaster for another two years, following increasing speculation that he would leave the station. Jones’ breakfast program on Sydney’s 2GB is the most popular in the slot, holding a sizable 17.4% share above closest rivals Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson on Kiis 106.5 FM who hold 10.9%.

At the time, Tate said Jones had already had an ‘extraordinary radio career’ and that Macquarie Media were ‘delighted’ he would continue with the broadcaster.

The statement from Tate comes as Macquarie Media majority shareholder Nine has made a takeover bid for the broadcaster, which shareholder Jones has thrown his support behind. Jones holds a 1% stake in the business.

The comments made by Jones about Ardern are in no way an isolated incident. In 2018 alone he used the ‘n-word’ on air, demanded Opera House CEO Louise Herron resign over the Everest advertising debate and lost a $3.4m defamation case.

Jones has also previously made threatening comments about women, including former Prime Minister Julia Gillard who he said should be put in a bag and sent out to sea.


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