Crows premiership captain Mark Bickley has been axed from his high-profile hosting role at FIVEaa, InDaily has confirmed.
Bickley, who led the Crows to their only two flags, has since forged a long media career, first presenting sport for Channel 9 in Adelaide and then as co-host of the afternoon drive shift on FIVEaa, alongside fellow former Crow Stephen Rowe.
Contacted by InDaily, Bickley confirmed his contract had not been renewed for next year but that he would remain on-air until his current deal expires.
It appears likely Rowe will continue to occupy the afternoon chair on his own next year.
It comes amid a spate of cuts by the station’s owner NOVA Entertainment, with jobs affected across both FIVEaa and Nova 919 as the company deals with the economic fallout from COVID-19.
Bickley’s fellow broadcaster Jarrod Walsh this week posted an emotional YouTube address revealing he had been made redundant “after 16 years at Nova Entertainment”.
“I am so grateful for my time at Nova Entertainment, and the company has been brilliant to me on my journey… I am grateful for you taking a chance on this guy from Adelaide, and being so kind to me through this time,” he wrote in the online post.
I wanted to share my feelings as they are still really raw and if you’ve gone through this, we can share the journey.
“People remember how you leave a business, not start – and I am not going to let one challenge define what has been an incredible ride… it’s not the challenge that matters, it’s how you tackle it.”
In times like these InDaily provides valuable, local independent journalism in South Australia. As a news organisation it offers an alternative to The Advertiser, a different voice and a closer look at what is happening in our city and state for free. Any contribution to help fund our work is appreciated. Please click below to donate to InDaily.
Adelaide Football Club, Mark Bickley, FIVEaa, Australian rules football, Stephen Rowe
World news – AU – Bickley joins exit queue at FIVEaa – InDaily