ABC Perth Afternoons radio presenter Gillian O'Shaughnessy quits after 24 years
ABC radio veteran Gillian O’Shaughnessy has pulled the pin on the national broadcaster just weeks after its ratings slumped to some of their lowest ever levels.
Just two weeks after radio ratings figures painted a sorry picture of ABC Perth’s shows, the national broadcaster said its Perth-based afternoon presenter had resigned.
“Our beloved Afternoons presenter Gillian O’Shaughnessy has announced she will finish up with ABC Perth at the end of the year,” the ABC wrote on Facebook.
In announcing her resignation, O’Shaughnessy said she had “so much love” for the broadcaster but had decided to move on to other things.
“I’ll miss our beautiful radio community immeasurably, that is, our wonderful listeners, my colleagues and my darling Slim but Savage,” O’Shaughnessy said in a statement.
“It’s always been an all or nothing kind of job and I simply would like more time to do other things, although frankly, I’m terrified when I think about it so it’s probably a terrible plan. In many ways it feels too soon, but I’ve always been one of those people who sneaks out early at parties.”
On Twitter, she told her 7,000 followers she was leaving on her “own terms”.
“I’m so excited for the gift of time. Thank you everyone who has ever shared a story with me,” she wrote.
It comes as the ABC has hit record low ratings for their Perth Morning and Afternoon programs, both which are being beaten by 6iX.
O’Shaughnessy’s noon-4pm show fell two points to 4.2 per cent, while overall, the Government-funded broadcaster fell to 6.5 per cent and 6IX rose to 5.3 per cent.
In a statement, ABC Perth manager Sarah Knight said O’Shaughnessy would be sorely missed.
“Afternoons won’t be the same without Gillo’s laugh and quirky sense of humour. Her love of cheese,” Knight said.
“Her ability to connect with her listeners and draw the best stories out of them. I wish her well and I’m sure this is not the last we’ve heard of her.”
O’Shaughnessy stared working at the ABC in 1996 as a cadet reporter and went on to work across radio, television and online news in the ABC Perth newsroom.
ABC’s communications lead for regional and local John Woodward told The West Australian the ABC reviews its programs and line-ups each year.
Her replacement is expected to be announced closer to the end of the year.
O’Shaughnessy will host her final show on December 11.