Veteran broadcaster Alan Jones yesterday revealed his dumping from Sky News after management chose not to renew his contract. Tributes for Alan Jones included a list of his career highlights. Cash for Comment, Cronulla Riots, Dump Her at Sea, Shove a Sock Down Her Throat, climate denial and trashing Australia’s COVID-19 response…
Jones yesterday posted a 1600 word statement to his Facebook page lauding his achievements at Sky News. QNews did intend to bring readers an in-depth analysis of the statement. However, initially distracted by a cute puppies video, we then moved on to watching Animals doing the Darndest Things. Finally, we remembered our nails needed painting.
But, in an attempt to appear diligent and hard-working, we grabbed a quote. Alan seems to threaten to not go quietly into the night.
“Remember, you can still find me on my Facebook page. I ain’t going away. Search
Old Man Yells at Cloud Alan Jones Australia.”
Until last night, Jones hosted his own show on Sky News four nights a week. However, the network chose not to renew his contract and instead offered a weekly spot on a new streaming service.
The broadcaster’s departure from Sky follows his retirement from 2GB in 2020. He left the radio station in the midst of an advertising boycott which cost the station an estimated 50% of his show’s previous revenue.
Earlier this year, the Daily Telegraph dropped his regular newspaper column. Soon after, YouTube suspended Sky News Australia’s account for a week because of misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic. Numerous commentators attributed the ban to Jones’s tirades against lockdown restrictions.
Tributes for Alan Jones
In the wake of the broadcaster’s enforced retirement, Aussies took to Twitter to post tributes for Alan Jones, carefully noting many of his career highlights.
Author Jennie Hill set up the Facebook page Mad F–king Witches in 2016 to highlight sexism, misogyny, racism, homophobia, transphobia and ableism. Members of the page relentlessly targetted advertisers on Jones’s shows, first at 2GB and later at Sky News. The witches took to Twitter yesterday to celebrate the broadcaster’s departure from yet another platform.
BREAKING: We’re soo thrilled to announce Alan Jones has now been sacked by Sky News: too fucking toxic even for the Murdoch stable.
This follows years of difficult, relentless work by our team with advertisers on his Sky show.
WITCHES BE DANCING!https://t.co/OTj3zYBGa6
— MFW (@MFWitches) November 3, 2021
Social commentator and broadcaster Phillip Adams suggested the nation wept at the news of Alan’s demise.
PM leaves Glasgow early and flags at half mast as a nation weeps at tragic news of Alan Jones broadcasting demise. How much more pain can we bear?
— Phillip Adams (@PhillipAdams_1) November 4, 2021
No Nut November and other tributes for Alan Jones
Australia’s wittiest activist Pauline Pantsdown shared a story of a personal run-in with the Parrot on his radio show.
Since we’re telling Alan Jones stories – had 1 phone call w/ his radio show during my 15-mins-of-fame, he shrieked that I didn’t understand mainstream Australia (i.e not a racist c#nt), I said I was everything he wanted to be, he should chill & become his true self, he hung up.
— Pauline Pantsdown (@PPantsdown) November 4, 2021
Sally McManus again demonstrated why Australians love her.
Alan Jones was cancelled so many times and by so many. In fact, he was cancelled before cancelling was a thing
— Sally McManus (@sallymcmanus) November 4, 2021
Speaking of Sallys we love.
Watching Alan Jones’ final show. He just claimed that kids are no longer taught poetry in school in a weird aside about “the problem with the education system” while reciting verses of poetry at Catherine McGregor. No idea how we will all manage without his contribution.
— Sally Rugg (@sallyrugg) November 4, 2021
The Chaser Interns perhaps pulled off the cheekiest tweet, casually tossing off a reference to masturbatory abstinence.
Sky News fires Alan Jones in a bid to respect No Nut November
— Chaser Interns (@ChaserInterns) November 3, 2021
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