Price had initially been offered an unspecified role with Nine for 2020, however it appears by late Friday afternoon he had opted to resign, becoming the latest personality to depart the station, following the likes of Chris Smith and Ross Greenwood.

The string of announcements comes as Macquarie reels from the loss of 50 per cent of Alan Jones’ advertising revenue after his controversial comments about New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Deborah Knight will take over from Steve Price on 2GB but continue as a Nine newsreader.

Deborah Knight will take over from Steve Price on 2GB but continue as a Nine newsreader.Credit:Kate Geraghty

Knight has been a regular guest host with Price on the talkback station for months. But the move to radio does not mean the end of her television presence, with Knight continuing to fill in on Nine as a newsreader.

Radio sources said the network has been aiming to skew its audience younger and more female.

Price is a regular panellist on rival Ten’s The Project, a gig he is expected to continue next year.

“It allows me to do a whole lot more work with The Project. I’ve not been able to do much because I’ve been so busy through the day so now I can be on the desk a few more times a week,” he said.

Meanwhile, Georgie Gardner, who suddenly disappeared from Today when it was revealed Karl Stefanovic would return to his old gig with a new co-host in Allison Langdon, will remain with Nine next year as a regular newsreader.

Knight, who said the last year on Today had been bittersweet given the show’s poor ratings, says her new gig on 2GB is actually the latest chapter in a very long love affair with radio.

“I got my start in journalism behind the radio mic in Wagga Wagga. There’s nothing like radio for making an immediate connection with your audience, and afternoons offers the chance to look at the big issues of the day and have some fun as well.

“And how lucky am I – I’ve got the best of both worlds – continuing with my TV role at Nine in both news and the Today show. Bring on 2020!”

Malone thanked Price for his “terrific contribution” to Macquarie Radio.

“Unfortunately, Steve and I could not agree on the best way forward for 2020 … we wish him well for the future,” he said.

Price is on his way to Tokyo and is scheduled to return to Australia next week, but will not return to the Macquarie Radio airwaves for the remainder of the year.

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