Having spent the last several years running a hectic newsroom – and being on the receiving end of a dummy spit by Australia’s most famous shock
jock, Ray Hadley – Justin Kelly is moving to greener pastures. The
Macquarie Radio news director tendered his resignation on Monday and
said he broke the news to staff this morning.

Kelly has accepted a senior executive position with The Australian Traffic Network.

“I am leaving…. I told all the staff this morning,” Kelly told Crikey
in an email. “I won’t start my new job until early January, so
I’ll have the chance to have a bit of a break.”

“I am leaving on good terms,” he says. “It’s been a great place to work. I have a
lot of fond memories, and have met with and worked with some wonderful

Jason Morrison, the network’s current affairs director and former
Channel Ten news chief of staff, will now take on the role of acting
news and current affairs director. While it’s not yet known whether the
roles are to be amalgamated, Morrison’s experience should see him take
charge of Macquarie’s newsroom.

2GB morning presenter Ray Hadley, who had a much-publicised run-in with
Kelly during last year’s Olympics, made the effort to wish Kelly well
during a commercial break in his show today. Hadley said he had worked
with Kelly in radio for the last 15 years and since last year’s
incident they had worked closely together with news updates on his program.

“We sorted all that out,” Hadley told Crikey. “We resolved our problems
14 months ago, right after the Olympics. I join with everyone else in
wishing him the best for the future.”