Memo to the Australian Bill Channel 2QN/Classic Rock Regional News Headlines September 7

Mike Carlton is gone

September 7th, 2009 at 07:33am

Mike Carlton has announced his resignation from 2UE today so that he can return to The Sydney Morning Herald, although one suspects that there may be more to the story. The Herald previously sacked him, but are now taking him back, presumably to allow their Fairfax stablemate 2UE to relaunch Breakfast and have another go at getting some market share back from…well, every other station in Sydney. It’s not just the market leading Alan Jones show on 2GB which they need to defeat any more.

Mike’s final day with the station will be Friday September 18. John Stanley will fill Mike’s place on Breakfast until the end of the year. Sandy Aloisi will remain as co-host, and “The Two Murrays” Murray Olds and Murray Wilton will fill in for John Stanley on Drive.

According to a story in today’s Brisbane Times (yes, The Brisbane Times…I’m hoping it’s a reprint of a Sydney Morning Herald story), Mike made it clear to station management at the beginning of the year that he wouldn’t continue beyond the end of this year…which really makes me wonder 2UE haven’t tried to make significant changes to Breakfast before now, especially seeing as Alan Jones has had a significant amount of time off over at 2GB.

Meanwhile the Murray Old Appreciation Society informs me that Murray Olds will be filling in for Sandy Aloisi this week.

There is no word at this stage as to who will fill Murray Wilton’s spot on weekends with Clive Robertson…something you would expect 2UE to want to bed down within the next few weeks before network stations (or maybe it’s not plural…perhaps 2CC is the only network station) return to the show when the football finals end. Update: Well it may very well not even reach singular status…2CC are sticking with 2GB’s Weekend Detention over summer, which is a break from what they have done in previous years. See comments below. End Update


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  • 1. dave1  |  September 7th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Why is 2CC going back to 2UE broadcasting on the weekends? was really looking forward to the summer 2GB show with some of the continous call crew… 2CC dont seem to have thier heads screwed on straight lately.
    Also Samuel, your a man in the know, how is the new breakfast show on 2CC rating? I have long given up listening.


  • 2. Samuel  |  September 7th, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Dave, actually you’re right, it’s an assumption and I can’t be entirely sure that 2CC are returning to 2UE over summer. I’ll shoot off an email and find out for you…but I’d be surprised (pleasantly, I might add) if 2CC start taking the 2GB weekend programming.

    As for the ratings, they haven’t been released yet. They will be released on the 24th.

  • 3. Samuel  |  September 8th, 2009 at 9:50 am

    2CC are going to take 2GB afternoons through summer. Weekend Detention should be great fun.

    I’ll miss Clive Robertson, but I have to admit that weekend afternoons on 2UE aren’t the most compelling listening in the world.

  • 4. dave1  |  September 8th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Thanks for finding that out Samuel, it’s excellent news. Can’t wait to hear the summer Weekend Detention Program.



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