Alan Jones is set to make a triumphant return to Australia’s news landscape with his new online show Alan Jones Direct To The People to be broadcast on social media.
The show will be streamed free on Facebook and YouTube with the premiere at 8pm on Monday, as the veteran radio host promised to ‘give the voiceless a voice’.
‘This has never been done in Australia before,’ he said at the launch on Friday at Sydney’s Hilton Hotel.’It is the tomorrow of media.
‘I will be everywhere – you won’t be able to escape me.’
The outspoken broadcaster left Australia last month after the network cancelled his weekday show from its TV line-up.
Alan Jones (pictured at Friday’s launch) is set to make a triumphant return to Australia’s news landscape with his new online TV show Alan Jones Direct To The People on social media
The show will be streamed free on Facebook and YouTube with the premiere at 8pm on Monday, as veteran radio host Alan Jones (pictured) promised to ‘give the voiceless a voice’
Jones, 80, who accused Sky of ‘cancelling’ his conservative views, has since been restricted to live-streaming direct to his 165,000 followers on Facebook (which he referred to as ‘the Facebook’ at his launch).
On Friday, as he signed a contract with new online channel, Australian Digital Holdings, he attacked cancel culture and said the country desperately needed to tackle the problem.
‘The biggest issue facing this country, which is completely unaddressed by anyone in politics, is the notion of self censure,’ he said.
‘The first programme will be looking at the issue of freedom.Are we a liberal democracy? Freedom of speech – are people comfortable to speak?
‘Australia is not the Australia we want it to be. There is no debate.
‘There have to be powerful voices, determined to try and turn this around, to make people feel comfortable, to not be intimidated, to feel free.’
Alan Jones (pictured right) signed a contract with new online channel, Australian Digital Holdings, chaired by Maurice Newman (pictured left) at the launch of his new show on Friday
Alan Jones pictured outside his Macquarie Street home in the Sydney CBD.He will make a major career announcement on Friday amid rising speculation he could run for federal politics
The show will be streamed live every night on social media at 8pm and left online for later viewing.A podcast of the show will be available at 6am the following day, with an update posted at 7am.
He said he had been encouraged to make a professional move to social media by the response to his posts since splitting with Sky.
He said millions had watched his videos and thousands more had commented on his posts, making radio ‘a rather old-fashioned medium,’ he said.
‘I have taken advice from people – how shall I say this?- who are not really of my generation,’ he admitted. ‘The reach on the Facebook is far in excess of anything available to traditional media.
Alan Jones (pictured at the launch of his new show) attacked cancel culture and said the country desperately needed to tackle the problem
Alan Jones (pictured) said he had been encouraged to make a professional move to social media by the response to his posts since splitting with Sky
‘If I say something about Biden or Trump it will get millions and millions of views and it will be international.You can’t get that with traditional media.
‘The numbers are enormous, and they’re there and they deserve to be serviced.
‘They deserve to have a product with which they can identify and about which they are keen to hear and learn.
‘And that’s precisely what I will be doing.I will prosecute certain ideas.’
Jones is pictured with Sky host Peta Credlin. The 80-year-old accused Sky of ‘cancelling’ his conservative views
Mr Jones said the show would cover politics, sport, theatre and music, but he admitted it would be similar to his current Facebook videos.
‘You never vary a winning game,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.’We’ve had a lot of success over many, many years just saying what Alan Jones thinks.
‘I’m not saying that everybody should agree with me – but it does seem from the figures which are now provable, that people are interested in what I’ve had to say.’
The announcement follows reports Jones was being encouraged by ex-Prime Minister Tony Abbott to run for the federal seat of Warringah on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, or to take a spot in the Senate.
He admitted on Friday that he had been approached ‘by every political party – and some I don’t think even exist,’ he said.
‘They said, “There’s the picket sign. You’re gonna have the number one spot here and the number one spot there…” I was bewildered by all of it.
‘But seriously, it’s not a fertile ground.I don’t think that’s for me. Could you tell me three people who have said something significant in the Senate in the last month?
‘I don’t want to join that crowd. I think there’s something wrong with the parliamentary system and I don’t want to be part of it.’
Jones is pictured playing tennis with his staffer Jake Thrupp in June last year.
Nightly ratings for his former Sky News television timeslot meanwhile have fallen off a cliff since his departure.
One week after Jones’s departure, just 36,000 viewers tuned into Sky News’ 8pm time slot for Inside the News with Rita Panahi – barely a third of the 95,000 viewers Jones attracted at the same time a week before.
The 80-year-old quit Sky after the media organisation made an ‘insulting’ offer for him to host a show on its new streaming service Flash once a week.
A media insider told Daily Mail Australia: ‘The Flash offer was an insult – Flash has 46 likes on Facebook compared to Alan’s 156,000.’
Alan Jones (pictured in Sydney in June 2021) was forced out of Sky News Australia after bosses refused to renew his contract