Laws feels like walking out over merger: 27th November
king of talkback radio John Laws says he feels like
walking out on Sydney station 2UE over the planned
merger of parts of the station's operations with arch
operator, Southern Cross Broadcasting, announced yesterday
it had agreed with John Singleton's Macquarie Radio
Network, operator of 2GB and 2CH, to establish a joint
venture company to service both networks.
called Sydney Radio Network, the new company means
the rival stations will share the same newsroom, sales
team, and technical services.
this month, Laws signed a new contract at 2UE, locking
him into the station until 2010.
today on Mike Carlton's 2UE program, Laws said if
he wanted to work at 2GB he would have accepted a
job offer there.
I had wanted to go and work in that environment, I
would have gone when I was offered a job, but I didn't
do that, I want to stay with 2UE," Laws told
very angry about it, I just really feel like getting
up and walking out."
said he first heard of the deal when he read about
it in the newspaper.
from anything else it's just impolite," he said.
merger would end an historic rivalry between the stations,
and jobs would be lost under the plan.
said he was particularly concerned about the news
are some very fine journalists working on both sides,
but the essence of news is competition," Carlton
merger was "commercially stupid" and dedicated
2UE staff would be out of jobs probably just before
Christmas, he said.
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