Mark Noakes leaves Macquarie

Mark Noakes position with Macquarie Media has been made redundant.

 Nine’s Managing Director – Radio, Tom Malone, made the announcement to staff telling them that the realignment of the Macquarie sales team to fit into the Nine sales structure necessitated the change.

Noakes held the position of Head of Commercial with Macquarie Media. Before joining Macquarie Media in 2002, he worked in sales at 2SM and Triple M and previously also held positions as a media planner and buyer.
Malone says: “Mark is a veteran of Macquarie having been with the business since 2002.  He has made a significant contribution to the business over many years at 2GB and then in the wider radio network as we came together as one business across 2GB/3AW/4BC/6PR.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank Mark for everything he has contributed to Macquarie.
“He leaves with our best wishes and thanks.”

An article in The Australian (subscription required) suggests there may be more to the story of Noakes redundancy, saying:

Last Tuesday Macquarie Media’s long-serving national sales director Mark Noakes put out an ­unprecedented note to 2GB sales staff. The subject was star broadcaster Alan Jones. The message in Noakes’s note — exclusively obtained by Diary — was remarkable, given it concerned the holidays of the nation’s highest-paid broadcaster.

Noakes’s leaked email referenced 2GB’s recent advertiser boycott, saying:

“From this Thursday Steve Price will be hosting Breakfast (along with John Stanley over Christmas) for the remainder of the year and over January. Can we reapproach clients who have opted to not advertise in breakfast as a matter of urgency. Many thanks. PS: We are thinking about a ‘back to breakfast’ pack.”

Noakes was made redundant the day after the email was sent.


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