Alan Jones Biography, Wife, Salary, Net Worth, Wagner family vs Alan Jones
Alan Jones Biography
Alan Jones (Alan Belford Jones) is an Australian radio broadcaster born on 13th April 1943 in Oakey, Queensland, Australia. He hosts a popular Sydney breakfast radio program, on radio station 2GB. He is a former coach of the Australian National Rugby Union Team and rugby league coach and administrator.
His parents are a Charlie Thomas (1906–90), a farmer and coal miner and former school teacher Elizabeth ‘Beth’ (née Belford) (1906–82). Alan was the middle of three children, with an older brother, Robert Charles, and a younger sister, Colleen.
He attended primary school at Acland State School, before transferring to Toowoomba Grammar School as a boarder. He trained as a teacher at the Kelvin Grove Teachers College (now part of the Queensland University of Technology) in Brisbane. In 1967 he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Queensland.
In 1961 he became a teacher at state primary school, IronsideState School until 1963 when he left for Brisbane Grammar School, a private secondary school for boys, where he remained until the end of 1969. He also acted as a coach in athletics, tennis, and, later, rugby union.
In 1970 Alan Jones was appointed Senior English Master at The King’s School,Parramatta in Sydney. He was involved in coaching a number of sports with considerable success, including progressing to coaching the First XV rugby union side, which he took to the championship in an unbeaten season in 1974. In 1975 he resigned from the school following a meeting with the school principal.
In 1974, a parent at The King’s School, Parramatta, Doug Anthony, leader of the Country Party (now the National Party of Australia) in the Australian Parliament, offered Jones a position with the party in Canberra. In 1975, Jones sought party preselection as the candidate for the Federal parliamentary seat of Eden-Monaro, but lost the bid.1976–77 while in his mid-30s, Jones spent time in England where he completed a one-year diploma in educational studies at Worcester College, Oxford. While at Oxford Jones won a University Blue for tennis.
In 1978, he was the candidate for the July 1978 by-election for the NSW state seat of Earlwood for the Liberal Party of Australia, formerly held by deposed Liberal leader Sir Eric Willis. He lost what had been considered a “safe seat”. Jones again contested the seat for the Liberal Party at the 1978 New South Wales state election held in October. The ALP candidate was returned with a greater majority.
In September 1979, Jones stood for Liberal preselection for the Federal Division of North Sydney, placing third in the ballot. The winning candidate, Peter Solomon was later disendorsed, but Jones did not re- contest the ballot in March 1980, with John Spender taking preselection and winning the seat.
In 1982 Alan Jones was appointed as (part-time) manager of the NSW Rugby Union team. In 1983 he served as coach for the Manly Rugby Union team, winning the competition for the first time in 32 years.
In 1984 he replaced Bob Dwyer as coach of the Australian Rugby Union national team (the Wallabies). Jones coached the Australian team for 4 years with 86 victories from 102 matches including 23 victories in 30 Tests.
in 1984, Australia’s national team, the Wallabies, won the Grand Slam victories over England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland, and a Barbarians side made up of the best players of those countries and France.
In 1985, Alan Jones was awarded Coach of the Year from the Confederation of Australian Sport. The 1986 Bledisloe Cup victory against New Zealand in New Zealand was the first time that had been achieved in 39 years. In 1988, Jones was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his service to Rugby Union football. In 1989, Jones was elected to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame for his contribution to sport as the Australian rugby union coach. On 14th December 2007 the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) ruled Jones out of the coaching position, instead appointing New Zealand Crusaders coach Robbie Deans.
In 1985 he joined the Sydney AM radio station 2UE as the morning show host after long-time host John Laws left for 2GB. In March 1988 he moved to the breakfast slot from 5.30 am to 9.00 am. By the mid-1990s Jones’ audience share in the Sydney market was up to 22%, giving him the largest radio audience in Sydney, and, including his transmissions into regional and interstate markets, possibly the largest radio audience in Australia.
Alan Jones uses his program to advocate largely conservative views, and he has been described as one of the most influential broadcasters in Australia. Throughout his time on radio Jones has frequently been referred to as a ‘shock jock’ due to the style of his presentation, although he personally rejects this term.
In 1990 Alan Jones replaced Warren Ryan as coach of the Balmain Tigers rugby league football club, without accepting a fee. Balmain had been quite successful, including coming runners-up in 1988 and 1989 in the New South Wales Rugby League premiership, but with Jones in charge they struggled despite his claims upon appointment that “Balmain are sick and tired of coming second”. It was while coaching Balmain that Jones was dubbed with his best known nickname, the ‘Parrot’, by comedian Greig Pickhaver in his role as sports commentator H.G. Nelson, although Jones has never approved of the name.
Alan Jones coached Balmain from 1991 to 1993 with these results: 1991 – 8 wins, 12th place; 1992 – 10 wins, 10th place; 1993 – 5 wins, 12th place. At the end of the 1993 season he reapplied for the coaching role, offering a new business plan to the board, but when it was rejected he resigned. He was soon after appointed as the Manager of Football Operations with the South Sydney Rabbitohs rugby league club, also without a fee.
In January 1994 Alan Jones made his Tv debut in his own Network Ten program, Alan Jones Live, intended to be similar in purpose and content to the American program Larry King Live. Proving to be a ratings failure, it was cancelled in April 1994 after just 13 weeks on air.
In March 1995, he began a segment making editorial comment on the Nine Network’s Today breakfast show. Jones continued to present this 7.15 am editorial on Today until it was eventually cancelled in June 2007
On seven occasions between 1990 and 1997, Jones was awarded byCommercial Radio Australia the title Australian Radio Talk Personality of the Year.
In 2001 Alan Jones was awarded the Centenary Medal and the Australian Sports Medal, both being awarded for his contributions to sport and the broadcasting industry.
In 2002, Alan Jones switched to 2GB as breakfast announcer.In November 2014, Jones celebrated having the highest share in Sydney breakfast radio for100 consecutive radio rating surveys.
From 2013, Alan Jones began co-hosting a political discussion program on Sky News Australia with Graham Richardson named Richo + Jones. The program has since been retitled Jones & Co and co-hosted by Peta Credlin.
Alan Jones Salary
In June 2014 Alan Jones signed a 22 years contract with 2GB as the station notched up its 80th consecutive ratings survey win. The base salary was put at $4.5 million a year.
Alan Jones Wife
Alan Jones has managed to keep his personal life from the public, they are no records of his marriage and that is why most people assume he is single. People also suppose as if he is a gay, as there are no records of his past relationship with a lady, but just because of this one little fact we can’t just question his sexuality.
Wagner family vs Alan Jones and two radio stations
Alan Jones and twp radio stations were on Tuesday, 11th September 2018 ordered by the Brisbane supreme court to pay more than $3.4m in damages for defaming John, Denis, Neill and Joe Wagner, plus interest, estimated to be about $300,000.
The broadcaster Alan Jones was repeatedly “wilfully blind to the truth” when he made “vicious and spiteful” comments about the Toowoomba-based Wagner family, a court has ruled.
In a blistering judgment, which contains repeated criticisms of Jones’s practices and actions, Justice Peter Flanagan found Jones engaged in “unjustifiable conduct” and “was motivated by a desire to injure” the reputations of the Wagner brothers.
Allegations made by Jones, and found to be defamatory, included that the Wagners were responsible for the deaths of 12 people during, including two children, during the Grantham floods of 2011.