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2CC taking Jones, Hadley from January 18

January 11th, 2010 at 07:53am

As expected from 2XL’s early announcement of their plans, 2CC have now confirmed that they are dropping Steve Liebmann’s show on January 18 in favour of Ray Hadley from 9am to 11am and Alan Jones Highlights from 11am until Midday.

According to 2CC’s Program Director Peter Davidson, this is in response to a large number of listeners asking “Why can’t we hear him [Ray Hadley] on weekdays?” when he can be heard on the weekend. Mr. Davidson also referred to Alan Jones’ return to 2CC as a homecoming of the “king of breakfast radio of the last 20 years or so”, referring to the old Alan Jones Highlights show which aired between 8:30am and 9:00am on weekdays in the early days of 2CC’s life as a talk station.

The station is expecting a lot of feedback today. I’m just glad that it’s not me that’s dealing with the correspondence.

Update: I’ll clarify that last line. I’m glad it’s not me dealing with the correspondence due to the volume…not the content. I’d love it if people flooded me with positive feedback, but I’d probably hate replying to it all because I wouldn’t want to use a form reply.

Anyway, 2CC’s press release follows:

January 7, 2010

1206 2CC announced this morning to it’s listeners that two of Australia’s most popular broadcasters will join the weekday lineup from Monday January 18.

Ray Hadley’s top rating Sydney morning show will be broadcast in Canberra on 1206 2CC.

Already familiar to Canberran’s through the Continuous Call in NRL season, Ray Hadley presents a morning show that is entertaining and informative. He often puts politicians on the spot to answer the questions his listeners want to know.

The Ray Hadley Morning Show will be broadcast on 1206 2CC Monday to Friday between 9am and 11am.

Alan Jones returns to the 2CC line up with a daily one hour highlights program of his highly successful Sydney breakfast show.

Alan Jones is one of Australia’s most popular and successful broadcasters. With the mind and capacity to make complex issues understandable, Alan Jones sets the agenda with the day’s newsmakers.

The Best Of Alan Jones will be broadcast on 1206 2CC Monday to Friday 11am till midday.

For further information contact:

Peter Davidson
Program Director
Talking Canberra 1206 2CC
Phone: (02) 6241 1911

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  • 1. Neville  |  January 11th, 2010 at 9:51 am

    An extremely bad decision.
    Won’t affect me anyway, as I listen to Radio 1RPH in the mornings now.

  • 2. Samuel  |  January 11th, 2010 at 10:06 am

    What would you have preferred that they do instead?

    Personally I find Hadley and Jones to be an improvement over the Liebmann show. The two certainly aren’t everyone’s cup of tea though.

  • 3. dennisa  |  January 11th, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Will it lift 2cc ratings above a dismal and embarrassing 6% i doubt it. Now if 2UE thought they would save money on Steve price’s salary leading to negotiations breaking down and his departure well how much have they lost in income on all the stations no longer taking liebman(after all it is boring with liebmann) What do stations pay to take a program like this? whatever people hought about Steve price taking over from Lawsy he did a good job at holding on to all those NSW stations I dont think he really lost any, whereas Liebamn has basically lost em all within under 2 months and he wont get em back. Steve price was able tobuild and maintain interest, momentum and a narrative during each show. He was/is a good broadcater.

  • 4. padders  |  January 12th, 2010 at 1:53 am

    In response to the question “what do stations pay to take a program like this” I can remember a caller to John Laws bemoaning the fact that their local station didn’t take his show, to whcih Laws replied “if they want the program they can have it, it won’t cost them anything.” I don’t know if times have changed, or if Laws was guilding the lily, however.

  • 5. albona  |  January 13th, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    I find Steve Liebmann’s program both informative and entertaining without him trying to push his agenda down your throat. I think both Jones and Hadley have got way too big for their boots since the depature of John Brennan as GB’S program director.
    At the end of the day its all about the bottom line and UE would be more than happy to have shed the last of it’s huge earners in Price.Big ratings don’t neccessarily translate into big profits as GB has found out the hard way.

  • 6. davky  |  January 14th, 2010 at 1:33 am

    I am a bit disappointed at this decision.

    Firstly, I find highlights packages really patronising. Radio is about being live and driving the news cycle. Having lived in Sydney for most of my life, I can gladly attest to Jones’ ability to drive the news cycle. Five hours late is too late.

    Secondly, and I know it is just personal tastes, I find Hadley to be an arrogant, pompous, over-exposed wannabe. While I have been a bit disappointed in Liebmann, I will be tuning out once Hadley hits the airwaves. And I have absolutely no interest in listening to a highlights package of anyone at all.

    Nonetheless, if the majority of Canberrans prefer it this way, then I support the decision. I just hope they haven’t made an error.

  • 7. padders  |  January 16th, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    I agree totally with davky on Hadley. (If there was an emoticon for eternal friendship, I would insert it here.)

    As for highlights packages, well, I suppose five hours later is better than 5am next morning.


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