According to somebody who is listening to the radio right now (I’m not) Lawsie has just announced his retirement…more details as they come to hand.
Update: Here is the press release from 2UE:
MEDIA RELEASE: 25/6/2007
JOHN LAWS ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
Australia’s most successful broadcaster, John Laws, today announced his retirement, effective at the end of 2007.
Mr Laws, who currently broadcasts through 71 radio stations across Australia, thanked his listeners for their loyal support throughout his 55 year career.
He said, “Radio has been my life. It is the second great love of my life after my family. I thank all of my listeners for being with me throughout my career and I will miss them desperately when I finish at the end of the year”.
Mr Tony Bell, Managing Director of Southern Cross Broadcasting Ltd said, “John Laws has been the undisputed king of radio in Australia over the last 54 years, entertaining more people than any other broadcaster in the country’s history.
“We are delighted he has been with 2UE over the last 19 years and will stay with us until the end of 2007.
“On behalf of the management and staff of Southern Cross Broadcasting, we extend our sincere thanks for the outstanding contribution John has made to our network and the industry – in which he will always be an icon”, concluded Mr Bell.
Southern Cross will commence shortly a search for a suitable replacement for John Laws.