Respected sports presenter Jim Wilson is departing Seven to take on a new role in radio.
TV Blackbox can confirm Jim Wilson is the new Drive presenter on the Nine owned radio station 2GB. The new role became available after previous host Ben Fordham moved to breakfast to replace Alan Jones.
Wilson has had a 28 year career at Seven, initially starting in the Melbourne newsroom as a sports journalist and presenter, before moving to Sydney where he took on a role presenting sport on the 6pm bulletin, working alongside his wife, Chris Bath.
In 2017 he was demoted to weekend bulletins to make way for the arrival of Mel McLaughlin. Since then he has also presented sport on morning and afternoon bulletins and filled-in on Weekend Sunrise.
Wilson’s new radio gig will see him host the 3pm-6pm shift on 2GB.
Confirming the news Wilson stated,
“I could not be more excited to be taking on the mantle of 2GB Drive. Radio is a medium I love, and I’m thrilled to get the mic full time on Sydney’s number one station, 2GB. It’s a terrific stable and I’m ready for the next exciting chapter in my work life after more than 30 years in the industry.
“To everyone at Seven, a huge thank you for your support and kind messages. I’ve been lucky to work alongside some of the best in our business. But this was an opportunity I simply couldn’t say no to.
“I love live broadcasting and telling people’s stories. Drive is fast and furious, breaking news, and its fluid. I will be firm, fair and listen to all sides – and we will have a laugh.”
The program will also be syndicated on regional stations across NSW. However, the new show will not be heard on sister station 4BC, with Nine Radio seeking to put a locally based host into the Brisbane market. Mark Levy will continue to be heard in Brisbane until a new local presenter is confirmed.
In an internal email to staff supplied to TV Blackbox, Seven’s Sydney News Director, Jason Morrison thanked Wilson for his service to the network;
“Jim has been a key member of the Sydney team and Network Sport after joining us in 2008 following stints in 7 Melbourne and 7 Brisbane.
He’s been a driving force behind our sports news coverage and key member of the team who makes it happen here every day. Over the years, he’s been involved in the coverage of 8 summer and winter Olympic Games, as well as our Tennis, AFL, League World Cup and Cricket broadcasts.
The decision to leave has not been an easy one for Jim to make – but he leaves with our support and congratulations for a job well done. I’m sure I speak for many in wishing him all the best – and I want to thank you Jim for your hard work and commitment here over the many years.
All the best mate.”
Nine’s Director of Radio , Tom Malone welcomed Wilson to 2GB adding;