Nine Radio syndicates overnight programming across 2GB, 3AW and 4BC, with Michael McLaren to host

Nine Radio – formerly Macquarie Media – has announced Michael McLaren will host the overnight program across Sydney’s 2GB, Melbourne’s 3AW, and Brisbane’s 4BC.

The syndicated program means Tony Moclair and Bianca Johnston will no longer occupy the slot on 3AW.

Nine has made a series of changes to its radio assets in recent months

Head of content Greg Byrnes, who joined the business from Sky News in November, said: “I wanted to thank Tony Moclair and Bianca Johnston for the work they’ve done on 3AW overnights. We’re currently discussing other opportunities within the business with them.”

The change occurs from Monday, with the program running from midnight until 5:30am during the week.

Weekend overnights are already syndicated across Nine’s radio network.

The announcement is the latest in a round of changes Nine has made since fully taking over the Macquarie Media business.

It announced a content review of 2GB, and in particular that produced by Sydney breakfast host Alan Jones, after the presenter caused mass outrage and an advertiser exodus over inflammatory comments about New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Jones tops the breakfast ratings in Sydney by a significant margin.

Macquarie Sports Radio, which by comparison has floundered in the ratings since its inception, is also under review, and has ceased its talk-based programs.

In November, Nine’s director of sport, Tom Malone, took the lead position at the radio arm, becoming Nine’s managing director of radio.

One of Malone’s first major moves was to bring back 3AW operations manager Stephen Beers, who had been made redundant a few weeks earlier.

Around the same time, the radio business’ national executive producer, Michael Thompson, departed. Thompson had hit headlines earlier in the year as the station clashed with afternoons presenter Chris Smith, who ultimately departed the broadcaster.

Following Thompson’s departure, it was announced Smith would be returning as Weekends presenter across 2GB and 4BC.

Other shake-ups include Steve Price departing the Afternoons slot, with existing Nine talent and former Today show host, Deb Knight, replacing him.

Meanwhile, 3AW Afternoons host Denis Walter moved to Nights, returning Melbourne to local programming, while broadcast veteran Dee Dee Dunleavy took over afternoons.

Commercial boss Mark Noakes also left in November as Nine continued to align the two businesses.

Money News host Ross Greenwood is also not returning to the radio network this year. Former Your Money host Brooke Corte is Greenwood’s 2020 replacement.

It is expected Nine will increasingly use its television talent across its radio assets, and vice versa.


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