Macquarie Sports Radio axes talkback and reviews all programs

The Daily Telegraph is reporting (subscription required) that Macquarie Sports Radio is pulling the plug.
The Telegraph says poor ratings at the stations, which broadcast in Sydney on 954AM, Melbourne’s 1278AM and Brisbane’s 882AM, are being blamed for the closure, with the stations expected to finish broadcasting as early as Friday, leaving dozens out of work.
On air for just on 18 months, Macquarie Sports Radio has broadcast a range of sports as it has struggled to gain an audience, and has engaged a string of high profile presenters, including Roy & HG, Mark Levy, Mark Riddell, Jimmy Bartel, Ian Chappell and announcing just yesterday that Kevin Bartlett would be joining the station.


Responding to the story, the Chairman of Macquarie Media, Russell Tate, says the stations will continue to broadcast live sports, including all scheduled Test Match, BBL, One-Day Internationals, but that the live talkback programs will come to an end this week, and programs will be reviewed over the summer months.

Russell Tate’s statement

Macquarie Media Limited today announced that development of its Macquarie Sports Radio stations in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane will be paused and reviewed over the summer months and that the current schedule of sport talk programs will cease as of 11pm, Friday 1 November.


Over the coming months, Macquarie Sports Radio will continue live sport broadcasts including all scheduled Test Match, BBL, One-Day Internationals & International T20 Cricket matches as well as its English Premier League coverage.


The stations will draw an increased amount of content from local and international partners, including Macquarie Media’s News Talk stations and Nine, and will continue to access Macquarie National News services for constantly updated sporting news.