Legendary broadcaster Alan Jones retiring from radio

Alan went on to describe the requirements of a breakfast radio host, before saying he made the decision to reduce his "workload" after reassessing his radio and TV commitments.

"I'm not going away, I'm still going on Facebook, I'll still be on email..."

"I wasn't aware of that. well done to you Ben", he said.

Jones, a former Wallabies coach, began his radio career in 1985 as a mornings host on Radio 2UE.

His presence at 2GB was pivotal in driving the station to number one in its market.

While Jones is retiring from radio, he will continue to write for The Australian and The Daily Telegraph, as well as appearing on Sky News.

Ben Fordham will reportedly be wrapping up his drivetime slot so that he can replace Alan and become the voice of 2GB's breakfast program.

Jones also said he "had nothing to do" with the appointment of his successor, Fordham.

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The 79-year-old made the shock revelation during his breakfast show programme, where he explained that his current workload was affecting his health. His influence is underscored by tributes from politicians as high up as the New South Wales Premier and the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison.

"We've had one or two disagreements but you've always done the right thing by your country and we're very proud of that", Mr Morrison said.

"We are living in the world of coronavirus", Jones told listeners.

"You were the person who would stand up for the battler, the person who would articulate what millions of people were thinking but couldn't quite bring themselves to say", Mr Abbott said. The most repeated statement we hear is "we must listen to the experts", he said.

Ms Berejiklian replied: "First time in your life, Alan, listening to the experts".

Jones future with the station 2GB had been under the microscope since the station was bought over by Nine a year ago.

Jones later apologised to Ardern, saying he never meant to suggest any violence towards her when he said he wanted to "shove a sock down [her] throat".

He has struggled with health issues in recent years, including neck operations in 2017, back surgery and an E. coli infection.

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