Could Adam Lang be the next domino to fall at 2GB?
Following the departure of Chris Smith from 2GB, a new report suggests that his boss Adam Lang could be the next to leave Macquarie Media.
The Daily Telegraph writes that Lang, reportedly known within the walls of 2GB as “the smiling assassin”, could be on the chopping block.
The News Corp publication previously reported that the drawn-out negotiation over the renewal of Alan Jones’ contract left 2GB’s biggest star and Lang with no working relationship to speak of.
Now insiders have reportedly told The Tele that Jones has “lost all respect” for Lang, after Lang tried to stop Macquarie from inking his new deal.
Nine’s 2018 purchase of Macquarie’s parent company Fairfax put an end to those alleged plans, with suggestions that Nine chair Peter Costello stepped in and put Russell Tate in charge of negotiations with Jones instead.
The result was a new $8 million deal for the next two years, while Ray Hadley and Steve Price both reportedly received pay rises as of this week (July 1) despite remaining in their Morning and Night slots respectively.
When asked about the potential for Steve Price to move into Afternoons in on 2GB and 3AW (with Denis Walter to be moved on), a spokesperson for Macquarie Media told Radio Today “this is a work in progress and to be advised”.
Chris Smith reportedly received a $300,000 compensation package after his firing, the most recent of several payouts over the past few years with Derryn Hinch and Andrew Bolt also receiving payments.
Lang responded to Radio Today‘s request for comment with “no comment”.