Deb Knight axed on 2GB: Replacement is revealed

Deb Knight is replaced on 2GB by Michael McLaren Afternoons from January 15 next year after Knight had spent four years in the role.

It comes after a notable drop in ratings, with Knight holding just a six percent market share, as shown in the latest radio ratings survey. This is a decrease from the peak of 8.9 percent earlier in 2023.

2GB’s Deb Knight has been replaced by Michael McLaren

Michael McLaren previously presented the 2GB night show

Michael McLaren previously presented the 2GB night show

McLaren told 2GB Breakfast presenter Ben Fordham on Thursday that he had “big boots to fill” but was excited to take on the role.

‘I am honored to be able to do this. There has been a rich and great legacy in 2GB on afternoons for many years and most recently with Deb, so these are big boots to fill,” said McLaren.

‘I’m going to do my best.’

The 38-year-old father added that he will bring his niche interests and dry sense of humor to the talkback show, while covering news and entertainment.

“We’re going to do traditional afternoon radio, the open line will drive it,” McLaren said.

‘We will be on the news, but also in entertainment. My interests can be a bit esoteric – I love history, so we’ll have plenty of that.

“I’ve been told I have a dry sense of humor, so hopefully I’ll bring that up as well.”