Just 18 months after its inception, Macquarie Sports Radio will cancel its programming after the station failed to achieve good ratings.
Macquarie media Chairman, Russell Tate, has confirmed that all staff were informed their programs would be terminated on Monday.
Roy and HG, Phil Gould, Mark Riddell, Mark Levy and Jimmy Bartel are among the Sydney station’s most high profile hosts, while shows are also broadcast in Melbourne and Brisbane.
“Macquarie Media Limited today announced that development of its Macquarie Sports Radio stations in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane will be paused and reviewed over the summer months and that the current schedule of sport talk programs will cease as of 11pm, Friday 1 November,” Tate said in a statement.
“Over the coming months, Macquarie Sports Radio will continue live sport broadcasts including all scheduled Test Match, BBL, One-Day Internationals & International T20 Cricket matches as well as its English Premier League coverage.
“The stations will draw an increased amount of content from local and international partners, including Macquarie Media’s News Talk stations and Nine, and will continue to access Macquarie National News services for constantly updated sporting news.”
AFL hall of famer Kevin Bartlett was just yesterday announced as a high profile addition and according to The Daily Telegraph, he will make his first on-air appearance this weekend before next Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup.