Macquarie Sports activities Radio has reportedly been closed down in a bombshell verdict that leaves a number of the greatest names in Australian sport with out jobs.

The brand new child on the block in sports activities radio launched an formidable, nationwide marketing campaign to tackle established sporting icons like SEN in Melbourne and Sky Sports activities Radio in Sydney, lower than two years in the past — now they’ve had their plug pulled in a surprising resolution from its guardian firm.

In response to The Every day Telegraph, Macquarie Sports activities Radio — a nationwide, 24-hours per day sports activities speak station — will stop working on Friday, simply 18 months after its daring growth.

Macquarie Sports activities invested closely in cricket broadcast rights in addition to NRL and AFL, but it surely was by no means capable of cement its spot within the crowded market place.

The shock resolution leaves numerous massive identify Aussie stars, together with NRL nice Mark Riddell, AFL greats Jimmy Bartel and Kevin Bartlett and cricket legends Ian Chappell and Darren Lehmann with out a job.

The station is but to substantiate the shock verdict which is able to see Sydney’s 954AM, Melbourne’s 1278AM and Brisbane’s 882AM killed off.

It was introduced simply two weeks in the past that 9 Leisure group had accomplished a $114 million takeover of the Macquarie radio enterprise.

9 inherited a majority 54.5 per cent stake in Macquarie Media, which owns stations 2GB, 3AW, 4BC, 6PR and Macquarie Sports activities Radio, by way of its $four billion merger with Fairfax Media in December.

The choice to axe the game arm of the enterprise comes as a serious embarrassment for footy nice Bartlett, who solely final week confirmed a excessive profile return to radio with Macquarie after a messy break up from SEN this yr.

Macquarie introduced final week Bartlett would make his Macquarie Sports activities Radio debut at noon on Saturday, November 2 reside from Flemington to kick off the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The station will now be closed 24 hours earlier on Friday.

“It’s nice to be a part of Macquarie Sports activities Radio,” Bartlett stated.

“I’m {looking} ahead to getting again along with my previous mates on radio Ox & Marko — the perfect drive crew on the town.”

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