Ben Fordham reveals he didn’t want to take over Alan Jones’ 2GB breakfast show
Ben Fordham’s 2GB breakfast show has maintained its No. 1 position in the latest radio ratings survey.
However, on Gus Worland’s Not a success overnight podcast this week, Fordham, 45, revealed he never wanted to take over Alan Jones’ coveted role as host.
Fordham said he felt “not ready yet” and went against his “original feeling”, with his radio bosses Tom Malone and Greg Byrnes urging him to take the gig.
Ben Fordham, 45, has revealed he didn’t want to take over Alan Jones’ coveted role as host of 2GB’s breakfast show
Fordham began by saying how he began to doubt himself when KIIS FM’s The Kyle and Jackie O Show topped one of the ratings in 2021.
“I felt genuinely happy for them, but I’d be lying if I didn’t have those worries, I did have those worries because you start to guess yourself and think, ‘Okay, what if this isn’t for me, maybe I’m not made for this job, maybe I’m not capable of it, maybe it was too early.”
He recalled being “a little angry” as he told his bosses he “didn’t want to do this job.”
“I felt like I wasn’t ready, I felt like it would be better for someone else to go after Don Bradman, instead of being the poor dummy sent over there in the pads and go on, son. your best.’
Fordham explained on Gus Worland’s Not an Overnight Success podcast this week that he felt he was “not ready” and went against his “original gut feeling,” while his radio bosses Tom Malone and Greg Byrnes urged him to do things differently. . Pictured: Alan Jones
Fordham said he followed his bosses’ instincts, despite it going against his “primordial gut feeling.”
“They explained to me that they wanted me to do it, and because I respect them, I agreed, but because that went against my initial feeling, I started to get a little angry when it was challenging, ratings, because I thought, “Wait a minute, I wasn’t listening to my instincts, my instincts told me no!”‘
The third ratings survey of the year, released last month, revealed that Fordham’s 2GB show still ranks #1 for both AM and FM bandwidths, even after losing listeners.
He recalled being “a little angry” as he told his bosses he “didn’t want to do this job.” “I felt like I wasn’t ready yet,” he said
Fordham posted a viewership share of 15.7 percent, a decent number despite a decline of 3.2 percentage points since the last survey.
Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson, who host the KIIS 106.5 breakfast show, took 1.1 percentage points, finishing at 12.4 percent.
Fordham blamed the federal election for the decline in listener numbers and said it was a turn-off for listeners who had grown tired of the news cycle.
Fordham said he followed his bosses’ instincts, despite it going against his “primordial gut feeling.” In the picture with wife Jodie Speers
“It was like watching two seagulls fight over a hot chip,” he said The Daily Telegraph last month.
The 81-year-old Jones, Australia’s most influential radio station, retired at the end of May 2020 after dominating the airwaves for 35 years.
He made the shocking announcement to his 2GB listeners earlier that month, telling them doctors had told him it was going to be harmful to his health.
The third ratings survey of the year, released last month, revealed that Fordham’s 2GB show continues to rank #1 for both AM and FM bandwidths. Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson (both pictured), who host the KIIS 106.5 breakfast show, followed