*Sam spoke to Mamamia on the condition that her identity would be kept anonymous. Sam is not her real name.
It’s been a tough few weeks to be a radio and television presenter. The immediate axing of three shows by broadcasters, has listeners wondering why, with hosts blind-sighted unable to say goodbye to their audiences.
The brutal cuts started with Gold FM axing Jo and Lehmo, despite their ratings win, with Hughesy and Kate, and Matt and Meshel from KIIS FM performing their last shows too, just a week before their scheduled departure on December 8th.
However, this ‘abrupt end’ isn’t out of character for those in television and radio. Just days after the sack, Lehmo told The SMH that “everyone gets fired in radio, it comes with the territory,” and it’s a fate that’s been met by many others – Judith Lucy, Pete Helliar, Kaz Cooke and Kerri-Anne Kennerley to name a few.
But, when Mamamia spoke to Sam*, an industry expert with nearly two decades of experience in television and radio, she called it an antiquated view by broadcasters.
“If a performer is pissed off about getting the sack, giving them unfettered access to your radio airwaves for x number of weeks after they’ve finished opens the station up to what they feel, is too much risk,” she said.