Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson in talks for record $200 million radio deal following continued ratings domination
Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson are reportedly preparing to step down if they fail to strike a lucrative new deal with their bosses at the Australian Radio Network (ARN).
The radio duo reportedly demanded a 100% increase from their current $5 million a year salary to a shocking $10 million a year, making it the biggest deal in radio history Australian.
Over the course of a 10-year contract, the pay raise would net them a total of $200 million, reported The Daily Telegraph SATURDAY.
The record-breaking deal would see the power team through until the end of 2034 and make them the highest-paid radio hosts in the country.
While other radio veterans such as Ray Hadley, Amanda Keller and Carrie Bickmore only make $3.5 million a year, Kyle, 52, and Jackie O, 48, will reign supreme.
Kyle Sandilands, 52 (left) and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson, 48 (right) are reportedly preparing to leave if they fail to secure a lucrative new deal with their Australian Radio Network (ARN) bosses.
The demands wouldn’t stop there as the long-time friends look to dominate other markets outside of their primarily Sydney-based audience.
With 15 months left on their contracts, the pair are reportedly pushing for less censorship as they try to gain a foothold in the Melbourne market.
Daily Mail Australia contacted ARN and Kyle’s manager, who declined to comment.
The radio duo reportedly demanded a 100% increase from their current salary of $5 million per year, to a shocking $10 million per year. Jackie ‘O’ Henderson is pictured in July
Over the course of a 10-year contract, the pay raise would net them a total of $200 million. Kyle is pictured in 2018
It’s unclear how much of this speculation is true, as Kyle has previously criticized his current and former bosses at ARN and SCA (Southern Cross Austereo).
In 2022, the furious radio host lashed out at his own radio station KIIS FM in an eight-minute rant over what he perceived as a snub by the public relations team of the business.
He was angry at the poor media coverage The Kyle and Jackie O Show’s historic ratings triumph received at the time.
“I’m tired of working here. Everyone is a loser except everyone on this show. Everyone else outside of this series is a big loser. I’m not kidding,” he said.
In 2021, he criticized his former network 2DAY FM when his radio show overtook 2GB’s Ben Fordham to become Sydney’s No. 1 breakfast radio show.
When former Sunrise host David Koch asked if his success was the “ultimate revenge,” Kyle joked that his former bosses were so poor they couldn’t afford to make phone calls.
The record deal would see the power team run until the end of 2034 and make them the highest-paid radio hosts in the country.
In March, The Kyle and Jackie O Show retained its place as Sydney’s highest-rated FM breakfast radio program in the inaugural 2023 audience survey.
The show, hosted by long-running duo Kyle and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson, attracted an audience share of 15.9 per cent.
The KIIS FM dream team attracted an impressive 842,000 listeners, continuing their reign as the most listened to Australian radio show in history.
Kyle said on air Thursday: “We broke another record. It’s almost embarrassing. Guinness doesn’t even answer our calls. They say, “Not another record!”
“The Kyle and Jackie O radio show has the highest market share of our entire broadcast. We have eclipsed Ben Fordham: he is dead. We have a 15.9 percent market share and I can feel the blood rushing through my willy now. That’s how excited I am.