Radio stalwart Derryn Hinch has used his editorial at the start of his drive-time program yesterday to hit out at management of Melbourne radio station 3AW after it was announced his contract would not be renewed.
The announcement was made on Twitter just after 6.30pm Monday, shortly after Hinch came off-air.
Hinch took to Twitter and his website to make his views clear but yesterday's show was his first after the announcement.
"Well, there's a song; What a Difference a Day Makes, and boy, is it true in my case," he said.
"They sacked me and I didn't see it coming.
"I didn't get a real explanation for why I've been sacked and I still haven't."
Hinch said his station manager, Shane Healy, had declined his invitation to come on to his program.
"I guess AW finally got tired of Hinch's causes," Hinch said.
"This is stupid. You've followed me through a lot of ups and downs . . . especially the last year," he said to his listeners.
"One senior executive did say that they planned to 'push the boundaries' [with the new program]. Jeez, if you pushed the boundaries any further than I have on radio and television, you'd fall off the edge."
Hinch said his regular fill-in host, Tom Elliott, current host of 3AW's summer program Weekend Break, would replace him and confirmed that his sacking had nothing to do with his comments about the disgraced former businessman Steve Vizard being signed to the station.
"I've discovered this decision was made months ago," he said. "It's funny, you know, radio and television stations have hired me for who I am and what I say. Then, they fire me for who I am and what I say.
"But let's put this into perspective. A lot of people have lost their jobs lately, my sackings just happen very publicly."
Hinch's program regularly wins its time-slot.
Callers phoned through their anger at 3AW's decision.
"My radio dial will be going in a different direction," said one.
Another was in tears as she decried the decision as "stupid".
A third said: "The public has not said get rid of Derryn Hinch . . . some idiot [has]. They [management] are a pack of complete and utter idiots."
Hinch said that yesterday's would be his last program for about a month, but that he would return to fulfil his contract after a holiday. Hinch's contract runs until the end of the year.