Rabbitt pulls plug over pay dispute

NEW voices will cross the sound waves at 2HD in coming weeks following the shock departure of two high-profile broadcasters.Mike Rabbitt, sport reader for NBN News and host of 2HD's local weekend sport talk show, Saturday Sports Line, has stepped down from his role after an alleged pay dispute with the Sandgate station's owner, Bill Caralis. Weekday afternoon announcer Pete Davis has also called it quits, handing in his resignation to 2HD's sales and operations manager Guy Ashford on Friday.It follows the shock departure of four-year 2HD program director Kev Kellaway and the axing of Richard King's weekday Drive program last month.Mr Ashford said Pete Davis would continue to broadcast until a replacement was found, while Rabbitt's six-hour Saturday Sports Line program would be replaced by a two-hour Don Bourke gardening show, a local real estate show and the Buy, Sell and Swap program.After hosting the program with 2HD for more than 17 years, Rabbitt now fears for local radio sports coverage in the region."Replacing it with a gardening show just doesn't make any sense," Rabbitt said.Mr Ashford described Rabbitt and Davis as talented operators but said the new segments should appeal to a wider audience.

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