My good friend Brian Edwards has written an open letter to John Campbell.
Now, before you start raging at the screen, it is well worth a read considering Brian Edwards explains how many times he got the sack and for why.
Shit happens, John. I’ve been “let go”, sacked from more broadcasting jobs in New Zealand than I care to remember. And, more than once, with absolutely no warning. To add insult to injury, the sackings generally occurred at a time when the show was enjoying both public acclaim and ratings success.
He then lists them… and for someone of his advanced years there are a few times he has been sacked.
Top of the Morning (1994-1999)
The latest radio survey had just come out.TOTM, whose previous incarnation had a cumulative audience of around 80,000 when I took over the slot in 1995, now had an audience of 340,000. It was the highest rating Saturday morning radio programme in the country, not to mention outrating almost every other programme on National Radio. We had every reason to expect a warm reception from the boss.
We were called in separately to be told the news. I’d been sacked.
To this day I have absolutely no idea why I was sacked as host of TOTM. Poor ratings? Get real! Poor listener response? Ditto! My role as media advisor to Helen Clark, the newly elected Prime Minister? Hardly, TOTM was a politics-free zone with the exception of one personality-style interview – with Jenny Shipley!