Breaking News from Tassie is that its top talk program Tasmania Talks hosted by Brian Carlton was pulled off air mid shift Monday morning after the presenter delivered what was described as a “rant.”
Carlton who, after four years with Grant Broadcasters officially resigned from the network last Friday, was heard in Launceston, Devonport, Burnie, Queenstown and Scottsdale, and in Hobart on 7HO Classic Hits on DAB+. However, despite having built a solid audience in regional Tasmania and a couple of ACRAs under his belt he was never offered a timeslot on 7HOFM in Hobart.
Although the official media release said that Carlton was leaving for “personal reasons” there is a rumour that he’s heading to Triple M, possibly as a replacement for the long serving Dave Noonan Show with Al Plath.
Carlton is no stranger at Triple M where he’s had several stints as The Spoonman over many years.
Carlton reportedly told Tasmania Talks listeners that he’d rather not have to work out his notice period of another three weeks.
A message on The Talking Tasmania facebook page told listeners:
Tasmanian Broadcasters wishes to advise that the Tasmania Talks show will not be resuming today.
Arrangements are in place for tomorrow when the show will return. We apologise to listeners for any inconvenience.
Brian Carlton, Triple M and Grant Broadcasters have been contacted but not immediately available for comment.
However, Tasmanian Broadcasters executive general manager Tim Holder told The Examiner on Monday that Carlton had finished up at LAFM earlier than anticipated.
“Tasmanian Broadcasters wishes to advise that Brian Carlton will not be resuming with Tasmania Talks,” he said.
“We are proud of the achievements of the show and are appreciative of Brian and the Tasmania Talks team [for] making the show the success it has become.
“We thank Brian Carlton for his service to the company and wish him well for the future.
“And then we’ll be regrouping and exploring options,” he said.