New Alan Jones Show to Stream on Facebook, YouTube
Alan Jones has revealed he will be making a comeback on the Australian news scene with a new “major” project starting next week.
Alan Jones has revealed he will be returning to the Australian news landscape by “giving a voice to the voiceless” with a new show online from a new digital channel on social media platforms.
The former Sky News host has signed with Australian Digital Holdings to create a new show called Alan Jones Direct To The People that will air on Facebook, YouTube and other social platforms.
The TV and radio veteran announced that the first show would air Monday during a press conference at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney.
âIt’s never been done in Australia before and it’s free,â he said on Friday.
âThe purpose of this company is to say that these people deserve a voice. Thousands of people are accessing the content and asking what Alan Jones is saying.
“It really is the day after the media.”
Jones said he was encouraged to move forward with the show thanks to the âreach and relevanceâ of his Facebook page, with posts reaching half a million people.
The 80-year-old told reporters the “biggest problem” in Australia was self-censorship.
The program, which will be filmed in a studio, will take a similar approach to its old Sky News show, with two important interviews as well as his commentary.
While the show will be an evening TV-style broadcast, he said there will also be podcasts available in the mornings.
“This is what Australia desperately needs now,” Jones said.
âI will say things that sometimes other people are afraid to say. I will say what Alan Jones thinks, I will not respond to legal advice.
The outspoken broadcaster left Sky News Australia in November after the network canceled its weekday show from its programming.
Jones accused the network of “rescinding” his conservative views and has since streamed his 165,000 Facebook followers live.
On her last show on November 4, Jones vowed to continue expressing her views on social media.
He announced his shock departure hours before the final broadcast in a long Facebook post where he revealed his audience gains for the network.
He revealed that he was offered an alternative niche on the Flash streaming service but turned down.
Sky News Australia CEO Paul Whittaker insisted Jones had decided to leave.
âUnfortunately, Alan has decided not to accept a new role that has been offered to him for next year,â he said at the time.
âWe respect his decision and know he will be missed by many.
“Alan has been a major contributor to Sky News Australia over the years, fearlessly advocating for issues important to many Australians.”
Jones began his radio career in 1985 with 2UE before moving to 2GB in 2001 where he scored 226 wins in audience polls and helped propel the station to No.1 in Sydney.
He retired from 2GB radio in mid-2020 and then moved on to the nighttime Sky News show.