Coles the latest brand to withdraw support from Alan Jones and 2GB

Coles is the latest brand to announce its withdrawal of advertising from Alan Jones’ breakfast program, and from the show’s radio network, 2GB.

Coles joins the list of advertisers which have withdrawn their support from Jones and the network, after he made comments on air that Prime Minister Scott Morrison should shove a sock down the throat of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden.

Coles has withdrawn its support of Alan Jones and 2GB

In a statement provided to Mumbrella, a Coles spokesperson clarified that it stopped advertising on Jones’ program on the 16 August, the day after Jones made his comment, and had since stopped advertising on the network entirely.

“Coles values diversity and respect and actively promotes the rights of all of our team members and our customers.

“We stopped advertising on the Alan Jones program on Friday 16th August and have subsequently stopped advertising on 2GB.”

One week ago, Commonwealth Bank of Australia announced via Twitter that it had no more planned advertising on Jones’ breakfast program, after it allowed its pre-booked campaign to run out on the 23rd of August.

The list of companies which have also withdrawn their support includes Anytime Fitness, ME Bank, Bing Lee, RSL Art Union, Amart, Mercedes Benz, Snooze, Bunnings, Total Tools and Big W.

Following the public backlash surrounding Jones’ comments, Macquarie Media chairman Russell Tate, released a statement claiming that “any recurrence of commentary of this nature: would result in the termination of Jones’ contract. Jones has a two-year contract with 2BG’s parent company, Macquarie Media, which came into effect on 1 July. 

Jones also issued a statement, saying that his comments “were careless, avoidable and totally unacceptable” and that there was “no excuse”.


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