In another Macquarie Media shakeup, 2GB and 4BC presenter Steve Price will not be returning to the network in 2020.
The Steve Price Show has been on air for less than six months.
Price has been a presenter on Macquarie Radio for almost 10 years, starting on MTR in Melbourne before hosting nights across the networks, and then afternoons from earlier this year.
In a note to staff on Friday, Macquarie Media MD of radio Tom Malone said Price’s departure came down to a disagreement over “the best way forward for 2020.”
Malone also thanked Price for his contribution to Macquarie Radio.
Taking over from Price will be ex-Today presenter Deborah Knight, who will host the afternoon slot on 2GB and 4BC while also continuing fill-in duties on Today.
Knight began her broadcasting career in radio. Commenting on the new role: “I got my start in journalism behind the radio mic in Wagga Wagga, and I’m really excited about embarking on a new challenge with 2GB and 4BC.
“There’s nothing like radio for making an immediate connection with your audience, and afternoons offer the chance to look at the big issues of the day and have some fun as well. And how lucky am I – I’ve got the best of both worlds – continuing with my TV role at Nine in both news and the Today Show. Bring on 2020!”
Malone added: “I have worked closely with Deb for 20 years, and I rate her so highly as one of Australia’s most talented and hard working journalists. She has a big career ahead of her in radio and I’m delighted she’s joining the 2GB and 4BC family in 2020.”
Darren Wick, Nine’s director of news and current affairs said: “We congratulate Deb as she undertakes this exciting new challenge. She has an incredible work ethic, is an outstanding interviewer and has a great sense of humour.
“She’ll smash radio out of the park. But she’ll also continue to play a significant role on Nine television with news reading duties in Sydney and will maintain a national profile as a regular fill-in and contributor for the Today show.”
Knight will commence her new role from Monday January 13 2020.