Explosive claims radio host Alan Jones was forced to retire after Jacinda Ardern fallout

1943 – Born on April 13 in Oakey, Queensland.

1963 – Begins teaching at Brisbane Grammar School, also the sports coach.

1970-1975 – Starts teaching at the King’s School in Sydney, also coaching the rugby team.

1975 – Runs regional NSW airline, Skyways.

1976 – Unsuccessfully stands for preselection for the National Party in Eden-Monaro.

1978 – Wins Liberal preselection for NSW state seat of Earlwood but loses by-election.

1979-1981 – Speechwriter for Liberal prime minister Malcolm Fraser.

1981 – Executive Director of the Employers’ Federation of NSW.

1982 – Appointed manager of NSW Rugby Union team.

1983 – Appointed coach for Manly Rugby Union team. Club goes on to win first premiership in 32 years.

1984 – Takes over as head coach of the Australian Rugby Union team.

1985 – First contract radio job at Sydney station 2UE.

1986 – Coaches Wallabies to a Bledisloe Cup win after a 39-year drought.

1988 – Made a member of the Order of Australia for services to Rugby Union Football, and deposed as Wallabies coach. Pleads not guilty after being arrested in a London toilet and charged with two counts of outraging public decency. All charges were later dropped and costs were awarded to Jones.

1990 – Coaches Balmain Rugby League team.

1993 – Resigns as Balmain coach, becomes director of Football for South Sydney Rugby team.

1994 – Begins hosting Alan Jones Live on Channel Ten, but the program was pulled after 13 weeks due to low ratings.

1995 – Begins presenting editorials for Nine’s Today Show.

1999 – Supports the “No republic” lobby at a referendum. The Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA) begins hearings into the cash-for-comment scandal involving 2UE.

2000 – The ABA finds Jones and co-radio presenter John Laws breached radio code and imposes sanctions on 2UE’s licence.

2001-2002 – Signs on with 2GB for a reported $4 million annual salary hosting the breakfast show.

2005 – Uses his breakfast show to read out texts which the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) later said likely encouraged the racially motivated Cronulla riots in December.

2012 – Plays Franklin D. Roosevelt in the stage play of Annie. His comment to a private conservative function that then-Labor prime minister Julia Gillard’s father died “of shame” attracts widespread condemnation.

2013 – Begins hosting a political talk show on Sky News with former Labor senator Graham Richardson.

2017 – Hosts Sky talk show, Jones & Co, with ex-Tony Abbot chief of staff Peta Credlin.

2018 – Court orders 2GB and 4BC to pay defamation costs after Jones was sued by members of the Wagner family after linking them to the deaths of 12 people during the 2010-11 Queensland floods.

2019 – Tells listeners Prime Minister Scott Morrison should “shove a sock down the throat” of NZ PM Jacinda Ardern after she criticised Australia’s climate change policy. Morrison said he was “way out of line” and several major advertisers walked. Jones later apologised saying he meant to say “put a sock in it”.

2020 – Announces his retirement at the end of May from 2GB, which also streams his program on Brisbane’s 4BC.

Source: Australian Associated Press 


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