Red Symons gonged from ABC. ABC Melbourne breakfast presenter Red Symons has announced this morning that the ABC doesn't want him back on the show next year. Symons told listeners he'd been offered other roles at the ABC next year, but he wanted to make a clean break. "Why am I going? They haven't said, and I haven't asked," Symons said to listeners. In a statement, ABC Radio Melbourne manager Warwick Tiernan said: "There is no-one like Red Symons. His unique take on the world and his endless curiosity about the world around him has kept audiences tuning in for 15 years. Without doubt, he will be hugely missed both on-air by his legion of fans and off-air by all his ABC colleagues. We wish him the very best for the future."
Symons has presented the show for 15 years, but has had a tumultuous year. He had to make an on-air apology over racist comments he made in a podcast to Radio National's Beverley Wang in June, and in July he suffered a brain injury after falling and hitting his head in the street.