Jacobs to leave ABC Radio Canberra

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on

Genevieve Jacobs (photo credit: Image Makers)ABC Radio Canberra breakfast host Genevieve Jacobs is now out of a job.

The veteran host said in today’s broadcast of her show Mornings that management had informed her last month of her services no longer required. She flatly refused an offer to be the show’s off-air producer for a new host in 2018; as a result, her final show will be on December 15.

"I've always tried to act with integrity and fairness. Not to give in to the bullies and to use the yardstick of common sense in the way I approach all issues. And if I've erred or failed, I've tried to honestly rectify that. Mostly, I've always tried to tell you the truth. You are such kind, smart, good people. You are the best of Australia. You are my neighbours, you're my community and it's been the greatest privilege to serve you. I'm not leaving Canberra or retiring. I thank you all for your generous friendship and everything we’ve shared on the radio over the past decade. I do love nothing more than a good yarn about a big idea and so many of you have helped make that possible. So it’s over, but I hope not out. It’s been wonderful,” read part of an address by Jacobs, who had been on air for 11 years.

Regarding Jacobs’ work options after ABC Radio, radioinfo reported that she had emailed her contacts about her departure and will not retire.

Jacobs started out as a journalist working the Southwest Slopes and transitioned to freelance writing. She also worked as ACT/southern NSW co-ordinator for the Open Garden Scheme and was often called on to host various community events in the ACT.

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