True. And I'm pretty sure he's left other radio stations like 3AW, Magic and Sport 927 or less than ideal termsI'm no fan of the manner in which the fat man has changed SEN and made it a station where ads are interrupted by content. However, when you enter a confidential arrangement to STFU until your time is up and you not only break that arrangement but bad mouth your employer to boot, you get no sympathy from me. And remember Bartlett has form on this. Blamed everyone and everything for his sacking as coach of Richmond but his own incompetence.
Scott Gullan certainly was on the money, probably KB was the main source?Is fractured relationship with SEN boss Craig Hutchison to blame for drivetime host Kevin Bartlett’s recent absences?
It’s a question being asked by SEN listeners who've picked up on the AFL legend's recent trend of absent days from his drivetime radio gig.
Remember this is the same man who was known to turn up almost without any voice and do his shift because he prided himself on not taking sick days.
The elephant in the room down at SEN's Southbank studios is the fractured relationship between Kevin Bartlett and CEO Craig Hutchison.
Understandably KB was less than impressed when Hutchison brought in Gerard Whateley from the ABC to replace him in the coveted morning slot despite the Richmond champion's strong ratings.
The tension has been bubbling along behind-the-scenes over a range of issues including the games — or lack of them — which KB has been used as caller as well as commercial differences in relation to his program.
An increase in sick days has raised eyebrows and last week he missed a day for an All-Australian selection meeting although the previous year he'd rushed back to do the last two hours of his shift.
KB's contract is up at the end of the year and by mutual agreement it won't be renewed with speculation his drive show — which is co-hosted by Dr Turf (aka John Rothfield) — could be pulled at the end of the AFL season.
He's been at SEN since day one, this being his 15th year with the sports station during which time he’s developed a cult following.
The messy KB situation is understood to have placed strain on Rothfield's relationship with Hutchison — the pair have been long-time business partners with the Rothfield family shareholders in the company which owns SEN.
This all begs the question — will KB be lost to the airwaves?
Macquarie Sports have shown interest and a lot of his former contributors are certainly bidding for him to bring the old band back together five mornings a week.
Fine hates Bartlett. How would that workTrue. And I'm pretty sure he's left other radio stations like 3AW, Magic and Sport 927 or less than ideal terms
In hindsight, he should have left when Fine and others were pushed out when Hutchison took over as it was obvious he wanted a new style of radio station.
Instead of leaving, Bartlett has spent the past 1.5 years just running down the click with a half-hearted show which benefited nobody while Fine has kicked on with the excellent Footyology podcast.
Actually I think KB may have been able to offer something on the Footyology podcast if he'd been incorporated at the start as whatever his flaws, he's someone who just likes talking about footy and he would have matched Rohan & Fine well. But I think that time has well and truly passed
Not good for a drive-time show in a metro market to have that limited budget.
Spot on.Not good for a drive-time show in a metro market to have that limited budget.
That said, it shows the inexperienced (and probably overworked) producers Hutchy hires. Most are straight out of uni or community radio, and have not 'done their time' in bush/country radio, where you are taught (or have to learn by yourself) how to produce a show 5-days-a-week with zero budget.
Yeah i don't like him either but the personal attacks have gone too far here.As much as I don't like the changes Hutchy has done, and I'm sure I haven't had as long of a relationship with the station as others, surely the person attacks on Hutchy are a bit over the top.
He appears to be like a ton of other leaders in the business world. Make hard calls, have hard conversations, evolve to survive and thrive, doesn't always make popular decisions with employees.Yeah i don't like him either but the personal attacks have gone too far here.
Hutchy has said previously that he believes inconsistencies of hosts hurt their ratings.Seems to be doing everything to avoid actually being hosting nights.