Alan Jones Retires Over Health Concerns

Alan Jones Retires Over Health Concerns
Image: Image: Alan Jones via Facebook / Star Observer Photo Editors.

Australia’s most influential radio broadcaster and infamous shock-jock, Alan Jones will retire from 2GB at the end of this month after doctors advised him his workload was “detrimental” to his health.

79-year-old Jones announced his retirement on Tuesday morning during his radio show on Sydney’s 2GB and Brisbane’s 4BC to millions of conservative listeners and politicians, ending his 35-year career at the end of May.

During his career, Jones amassed a record-breaking 226 consecutive wins in the ratings after his breakfast program topped the Harbour City’s radio ratings since he began in the breakfast timeslot in 2001.

“We are living in the world of coronavirus,” Jones told listeners during his Breakfast show.

“The most repeated statement we hear is ‘we must listen to the experts’. Well, the experts are telling me in no uncertain terms, and not for the first time I might add, ‘continuing with the present workload is seriously detrimental to your health’.

“I have listened to the experts and I am taking this opportunity to indicate to my radio family that I will be retiring from radio at the end of this month.”

Jones’ departure comes earlier than planned with his retirement from 2GB initially set for the end of his contract in June 2021.

Politicians such as Tony Abbott have even taken to Twitter this morning to share their disappointment over the news of Jones’ early retirement.

“Our national conversation will be different and poorer without @AlanJones on radio every morning,” Abbott Tweeted.

Despite Nine Radio paying Jones $4 million a year, Jones’ Breakfast show had suffered an advertising boycott which lost the show 50 per cent of its revenue last year.


His program was put under review by what was then Macquarie Media after Jones lost hundreds of advertisers in the wake of comments made about the New Zealand prime minister, Jacinda Ardern.

In August last year Jones said Scott Morrison should shove a sock down Ardern’s throat, causing 2GB and 4BC to haemorrhage advertisers and have management scold him publicly for his offensive comments.

Nine Entertainment’s chief executive, Hugh Marks, iterated that Jones’ Breakfast show was “less than 10% of the revenue of the radio business and a fraction of the revenue of Nine”.

“Alan’s a good broadcaster, Macquarie have made plenty of comments about their relationship and recent events so I won’t go into that, but yes, of course, that business can survive the loss of any of its talent,” Marks said after Nine acquired the remaining shares in Macquarie Media.

Rumours surrounding Jones’ sexuality have driven public media discussions for many years, with many speculating that Jones remained deep in the closet to avoid the risk of losing his conservative fanbase.

In 1988, Jones was arrested in a public toilet in London at Broadwick Street, after Two plain-clothed officers noticed Jones enter, spending an unusually long amount of time inside.

At the time, the Thatcher Government was urging Police to remain vigilant about “cottaging” homosexuals congregating in public toilets.

Despite homosexuality being somewhat decriminalised in England during the 60s, Police patrolled public toilets to allegedly protect underage men from coercion or assault.

Jones was arrested and taken to the Mayfair station, where he was charged with “outraging public decency” and “committing an indecent act”.

However, both charges against Jones in 1988 were dismissed.



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6 responses to “Alan Jones Retires Over Health Concerns”

  1. Bye Felicia…Racism and sexism is not part of A modern Day Australia in 2020. A quisling with many skeletons in his closet. Why has it taken so long…? Embarrassing to our media landscape .

  2. A sleazy sexist gay man, if he ever came close to me, I’d put an avo against him. Despite the persona he may /may not have created those ideas are archaic in 2020. Have we learnt nothing from the gay hate crimes in the past? Why some people support this man who incited violence during The Cronulla Riots is deeply disturbing.. Bye Felicia.

  3. When you’re “one agenda focused”, you’re unable to see the good this man has done for so many. Personally, I’m sad to lose him from my radio. As an openly gay man, I was able to listen without getting angry, because I chose to be objective, and take onboard the views of others who thought differently to me. On many issues, I didn’t agree with Alan Jones, but I will always acknowledge him as a great Australian who brought so much to social debate. He has given more to this country than most in the GLBTQI community ever will, and ever will admit. Please sisters and brothers, give credit where it’s due, and don’t let your bitterness add to the “tall poppy syndrome” that poisons this great land.

  4. Good riddance. He says he will still be on Foxtel Sky News and facebook. So what does anyone, other than ultra-conservative neo-fascists tune in to listen to the likes of Credlin, Bolt and Jones with their self-opinionated, ultra-right-wing views? As for facebook who cares if Alan keeps posting because no-one needs to follow him.
    There has always been a cloud over jones’ sexuality and maybe it is that which has made him as outspokenly homophobic as he is. I have always thought “Methinks my lady doth protest too much”