Jim Ball (radio personality)

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Jim Ball
Station(s) 2UE
Network Macquarie Radio Network
Time slot Midnight to dawn
Station(s) 2GB / MTR 1377
Network Macquarie Radio Network
Time slot Midnight to dawn
Style Talk show
Country Australia

Jim Ball is an Australian radio personality, formerly broadcasting with the 2GB and 2UE networks in Sydney.


Ball's program typically consists of him discussing various issues (especially current events, politics and history) with callers. Ball is frank and does not shy away from politically incorrect topics. Like most radio announcers on the AM band in Sydney, Ball is politically conservative; he claims to represent traditional Australian values. According to Ball, the major threats to these values are a naive and uninformed view of Islam by many Australians (including the media), apathy and political correctness. Ball is also a staunch critic of multiculturalism and says that immigrants to Australia should be encouraged to integrate into mainstream Australia and accept "core Australian values."

Ball began on 2GB back in 1999 and constantly won the ratings manning the midnight to dawn shift. On 7 March 2008 Ball announced to his audience his resignation from 2GB[1] and was replaced by David Oldfield. Ball took over 2UE's midnight to dawn program "New Day Australia" on 17 March, replacing Clive Robertson. On 12 March 2010, Ball unexpectedly resigned from 2UE[2] and returned to 2GB on 12 April replacing Oldfield.[3]

In 2004, Ball walked the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea.

In 2005, he was featured on ABC TV's Media Watch regarding comments he made about a fictional school.[4]

In January 2011, Ball resigned from 2GB and MTR 1377.

Political career[edit]

In April 2016 Ball announced he would contest the seat of Mackellar at the 2016 federal election, on a conservative independent platform.[5][6] Ball's announcement followed the Liberal Party's endorsement of Jason Falinski, a former activist for Australian republicanism and critic of the Howard Government's policies on asylum seekers, describing them as "inhumane".[7] Falinski defeated Bronwyn Bishop in the Liberal preselection contest.[8][9]


  1. ^ "Jim Ball switches midnight station". Samuel's Blog. Samuel Gordon-Stewart. 7 March 2008. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Jim Ball quits 2UE". Radio News. Archived from the original on 26 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Jim Ball MTR and 2GB overnight". Radio News. Archived from the original on 1 March 2011. 
  4. ^ Barry, Paul (7 November 2005). "Jim Ball - believe it or not" (transcript). Media Watch. ABC TV. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  5. ^ Cross, Julie (28 April 2016). "Former radio talk host Jim Ball to stand for Mackellar at the federal elections". Daily Telegraph. Australia. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  6. ^ McLaren, Michael (21 April 2016). "Jim Ball: Standing as a conservative independent in Mackellar" (streaming audio). 2GB. Retrieved 3 June 2016. 
  7. ^ "Mackellar's Jason Falinski views right out of left field". Daily Telegraph. Australia. 
  8. ^ Maiden, Samantha (16 April 2016). "Bronwyn Bishop's battle for preselection for seat of Mackellar". Sunday Telegraph. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  9. ^ Dole, Nick (16 April 2016). "Bronwyn Bishop dumped as Liberal candidate for seat of Mackellar". ABC News. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 

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