By Daniel Piotrowski for Daily Mail Australia
Published: 00:30 GMT, 2 December 2019 | Updated: 00:52 GMT, 2 December 2019
A top executive at Sydney's Radio 2GB was let go a day after sending an email to staff referencing an advertiser boycott of Alan Jones's breakfast show.
The broadcaster's long-time sales chief Mark Noakes was made redundant last Wednesday after about 17 years of service.
In a statement to staff, Nine's new radio chief Tom Malone announced Mr Noakes was leaving the business to better 'align' 2GB's sales structure with new owner Nine.
But Mr Noakes's departure came within 24 hours of sending an email asking his staff to make the most of Jones's holiday break. (Nine denies a link.)
Broadcaster Alan Jones held a massive 16.1 per cent share of the breakfast radio market in the latest survey
Mr Noakes wrote; 'From this Thursday Steve Price will be hosting Breakfast (along with John Stanley over Christmas) for the remainder of the year and over January.
'Can we reapproach clients who opted not to advertise in breakfast for a matter of urgency. Many thanks. PS: We are thinking about a ''back to breakfast'' pack.'
Mark Noakes, Radio 2GB's veteran sales chief, was made redundant by Macquarie after almost 17 years last week
Jones sparked an advertiser backlash earlier this year after suggesting Prime Minister Scott Morrison 'shove a sock' down New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern's throat over her views on climate change.
Big brands including Bing Lee and mattress company Koala announced they were pulling their advertising, and