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Michael McLaren announced as 2GB Afternoons host after radio station axes Deb Knight

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Deb Knight has been axed as 2GB's afternoon host.
Camera IconDeb Knight has been axed as 2GB's afternoon host. Credit: Supplied

Deb Knight has been ousted as the host of 2GB’s afternoon slot, with the radio station announcing she will be replaced by a veteran radio broadcaster.

Michael McLaren will begin hosting 2GB Afternoons from January 15 next year after Knight spent three years in the role.

It comes after the slot reach record low ratings, with just a six per cent market share according to the most recent radio ratings survey, down from a high of 8.9 per cent earlier in 2023.

She drew a 11.4 per cent market share during the Covid-19 pandemic due to an influx in listeners due to lockdown.

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There has been whisperings that Deb Knight was soon to be booted from the spot after ratings fell.
Camera IconThere has been whisperings that Deb Knight was soon to be booted after ratings fell. Credit: Supplied

McLaren said it was an “honour” to host Afternoons.

“I will bring my interests and apparent dry sense of humour with me in the kit bag,” he said.

“It’ll be traditional afternoon radio. We’ll keep abreast of the news as it unfolds but also afford people a chance to laugh, learn and reminisce. The audience and open line will drive the agenda.”

The veteran journalist has been with the radio station for nearly two decades, first beginning his career as a program producer in 2006.

McLaren has been at 2GB since 2006.
Camera IconMcLaren has been at 2GB since 2006 and will begin hosting the show in 2024. Credit: Supplied

He first took to the airwaves in 2011, hosting the Weekend Overnight Program before moving onto the Australia overnights program in 2016.

He fronted the number-one rating Weekend Mornings program in 2021.

“I’d like to acknowledge those who joined me on Weekends in 2023 and hope to enjoy their company Monday to Friday in 2024,” McLaren said.

2GB’s content manager Luke Davis said the station was “absolutely delighted” to be bringing McLaren into the role.

“Michael’s performance over the past 12 years has been outstanding, with listeners warming to his intelligence, quick wit and knack for breaking down complex issues,” he said.

“His ability to cover anything from the news of the day, to travel, nostalgia, health, cars, technology and entertainment makes him the perfect companion for Afternoons.”

It’s unclear whether Knight will remain with 2GB or return to Nine’s television news arm as a newsreader.

Originally published as Michael McLaren announced as 2GB Afternoons host after radio station axes Deb Knight

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