Alan Jones has announced he will retire from radio at the end of this month.
The long-time radio host told his listeners on Tuesday morning that he will step down from his role on Sydney’s 2GB and Brisbane’s 4BC at the end of May on doctor’s advice.
“We are living in the world of Coronavirus,” the 79-year-old said.
“The most repeated statement we hear is ‘we must listen to the experts’. Well, the experts are telling me in no uncertain terms, and not for the first time I might add, ‘continuing with the present workload is seriously detrimental to your health’.
“I have listened to the experts and I am taking this opportunity to indicate to my radio family that I will be retiring from radio at the end of this month.”
Jones will be replaced by Ben Fordham, who hosts the Drive program on 2GB.
Nine has agreed to pay out the remainder of Jones’ $4 million a year contract, which ends in June 2021, according to The Daily Telegraph.
Jones’ radio career spans 35 years with 226 ratings wins.
He will continue to broadcast on Sky News and write for The Daily Telegraph and The Australian.
“I am not retiring, I am just retiring from radio,” he said.
This article originally appeared on Over60.