John Stanley second casualty of Macquarie Sports Radio breakfast

Macquarie Sports Radio breakfast host John Stanley has left the show, just one week after the exit of co-star Beau Ryan.

Stanley, who first joined Macquarie Media in the 1990s, had been running a breakfast show on 2UE with former Fairfax boss Garry Linnell since 2013. When 2UE was replaced with Macquarie’s Talking Lifestyle format, the pair moved across.

John Stanley and Beau Ryan’s breakfast show lasted less than three months

Earlier this year, when Macquarie Media quickly axed the lifestyle format and replaced it with Macquarie Sports Radio, Stanley stayed, while co-host Linnell left the company.

Stanley was joined by Ryan and the pair had been presenting the show for audiences in Sydney and Brisbane since April. But in the first full survey under the new station identity, the breakfast show plunged from a 2.5% share to 0.7%.

Last week, Ryan’s departed from the network.

Michael Thompson, national executive producer at Macquarie Media, said of the departure: “John Stanley is continuing with Macquarie Media, and will be heard filling in on 2GB and 4BC in the very near future.  With decades of experience in news-talk, he’s a natural fit for a whole range of programs.”

The broadcaster has now announced a new breakfast show for Sydney and Brisbane, which will be hosted by Mark Levy and Mark ‘Piggy’ Riddell. Levy and Riddell are both Continuous Call Team regulars on Macquarie Media’s other Sydney-based station, 2GB.

Thompson said the new pair would be “very familiar” to listeners.

“They both love a laugh, but they’re also very well connected in sport – meaning that all the big sporting news and opinions will be heard first every morning on Macquarie Sports Radio Breakfast.  With regular contributors including our own Ray Hadley, Brad Fittler, Greg Alexander, Andrew Gaze, Glenn Lazarus, Andy Harper, Phil Rothfield and more, Breakfast with Mark Levy and Mark Riddell is an exciting new destination for sports fans,” Thompson said.


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