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Ray Hadley 2GB storms off Brisbane Ekka broadcast due to technical ‘fiasco’ and returns to Sydney

Ray Hadley blows up and storms off the air just ONE HOUR into a week-long live broadcast from Brisbane as technical problems hit his broadcast: ‘A complete and utter fiasco!’

  • Ray Hadley was broadcasting from the Royal Queensland Show on Monday
  • The program from ‘The Ekka’ was beset by technical problems from the start
  • Hadley quit the show after an hour and said he was heading back to Sydney
  • Stand-in announcer Mark Levy took over for the duration of the 2GB program 

An irate Ray Hadley has walked off a live broadcast from the Royal Queensland Show after technical difficulties turned his morning radio program into a ‘fiasco’. 

Hadley told listeners on Monday his broadcast from the show, known as the Ekka, had been a disaster from when he went on air shortly after 9am and he would not continue.

The 2GB announcer had been heavily promoting the Brisbane visit on his program and had been supposed to be at the Ekka all week.

Hadley ran the usual introduction to his show, which is also played on Brisbane’s 4BC and dozens of network stations around Australia, but it quickly descended into chaos.

‘Just a couple of little technical problems as we’re at the Ekka and things will be rectified by the time I get here tomorrow, I can assure you,’ Hadley said.

An irate Ray Hadley has walked off a live broadcast from the Royal Queensland Show after technical difficulties disrupted his morning radio program

‘Now I’m going to take a little break and come back and look at the weather very shortly. The time is coming up now to 25 past nine.’

After playing commercials and enduring continual glitches including periods of silence Hadley came back on and said, ‘Look, we’re gonna take another break’.

More advertisements followed before Hadley said the problems were ongoing and he would be ‘having discussions’ when the program finished at midday. 

‘All I can do is apologise most sincerely for the first 30 minutes of the program which has been a complete and utter fiasco,’ he said. 

‘But I do apologise. I’m broadcasting from the Ekka, which I didn’t get a chance to tell you because nothing seemed to work. 

Hadley told listeners his broadcast from the show, known as the Ekka, had been a fiasco from when he went on air shortly after 9am and he would not continue

Hadley told listeners his broadcast from the show, known as the Ekka, had been a fiasco from when he went on air shortly after 9am and he would not continue

Hadley repeatedly apologised to his listeners for the technical disruptions. A ride at The Ekka is pictured

Hadley repeatedly apologised to his listeners for the technical disruptions. A ride at The Ekka is pictured

‘I hope it is currently working and we’ll see what happens from here on in but I do apologise most sincerely to network stations and the listeners on 2GB and 4BC for what’s basically been a fiasco for 30 minutes.

‘And obviously we’ll be having some discussions at midday about the fiasco I’ve presided over. ‘

After another break the difficulties had still not been resolved and Hadley said his regular stand-in, Mark Levy, would be taking over the show.

‘Look, we are having some rather severe technical problems here at the Ekka to the extent that Mark Levy will be looking after the program after ten o’clock this morning, for which I do apologise to Mark and everyone else.’

After another break the problems had still not been resolved and Hadley said his regular stand-in, Mark Levy, would be taking over the show. Levy is pictured

After another break the problems had still not been resolved and Hadley said his regular stand-in, Mark Levy, would be taking over the show. Levy is pictured

‘… While I’m on air there are people here trying to fix things – unsuccessfully I might mention – at the moment.

‘There’s no point trying to, as we do from time to time, get through three hours of this without much help because technically we don’t have anything here in front of me that’s actually working at the moment. 

‘So we’ll lumber on until ten and then Mark will take control.’

As the clock ticked closer to 10am, Hadley told listeners he was heading for the airport. 

‘I’ll make my way back to Sydney and I’ll be broadcasting from the studio in Sydney tomorrow given the problems we’ve encountered this morning.’

Daily Mail Australia understands Hadley has been assured the technical issues would be fixed. He will resume broadcasting from the Ekka on Tuesday.

‘Ray will be remaining in Brisbane and broadcasting from the Ekka this week,’ a spokeswoman for Nine Entertainment, which owns 2GB, said. 

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