Alan Jones leaves Sky News

Alan Jones, the iconic Australian media personality, is leaving Sky News Australia.

A veteran conservative broadcaster will host his final show on the channel at 8 pm on November 4th.

“Sky News has shown me not to renew my contract ending November 30th,” he said in a Facebook statement.

A former 2GB radio host joined a pay-TV channel in 2013 and hosted his own show on a Monday-Thursday 8 pm time slot.

Jones, 80, said his decision to leave Sky News was the result of a meeting with management on October 29.

The program worked well in that time slot, but management offered Jones another position to appear once a week in the lesser-known streaming service Flash News, but Jones declined. Said.

“It may seem modest to point out that the meeting I had with management on Friday, October 29, took place the day after our program won a rating in the 8 pm time frame. “Hmm,” Jones said.

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Alan Jones speaks to the media at the Wallabies & Barbarians Media Opportunity on October 13, 2017 at Sydney Cricket Ground, Australia (Matt King / Getty Images)

Last May, Jones left Sydney’s radio station 2GB to host a popular breakfast show for 18 years and terminated his lucrative contract.

The show was closely monitored by a politician who feared Jones’ anger because of his influence on a loyal audience.

In a statement, Sky News Australia CEO Paul Whittaker said, “Alan has contributed significantly to Sky News Australia over the years and has advocated without fear or support for issues that are important to many Australians. “.

“His compelling commentary and views on national debate have made him one of the most successful and influential broadcasters in the country for nearly 40 years,” Whittaker said. increase.

“Thanks to Alan for his commendable dedication and service to Sky News. We hope he gets well,” he said.

AAP contributed to this article.

Epoch Times Sydney Staff