Anthony Hudson won’t be lost on the airwaves with reports emerging that the beloved commentator will be back with 3AW radio in 2023.
Hudson and SEN surprised footy fans Monday when it was announced that the veteran caller has suddenly left the Melbourne radio network after working together for nearly 20 years.
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The Herald Sun reports that rival network 3AW has seized Hudson to call Friday night games as part of the beefed up AFL commentary team.
Last month, 3AW was confirmed to be making major changes to live football coverage, with popular TV host Jacqui Felgate announced as its new leading voice.
Felgate continues after nearly a decade at Seven, where her role grew into regular appearances co-hosting the Brownlow Medal Awards.
Hudson and Felgate will be featured in the network’s extensive football coverage alongside Matthew Lloyd, Jimmy Bartel, Leigh Matthews, Caroline Wilson and Tim Lane.
The station is owned and operated by Seven’s rival Nine Entertainment Co.
It comes as The age reports that Triple M was also interested in luring Hudson to join popular football coverage.
The much-loved Fox Footy commentator has already finished SEN and will not be heard on the station again, despite previously being a central figure in the station’s cricket coverage.
The station announced the news Monday morning and released a statement thanking Hudson for his many years with the broadcaster in Melbourne.
The statement suggested that Hudson’s growing TV roles clashed with his radio commitments, rendering the partnership untenable.
“There are few who have played a greater role and contributed as much to SEN as Anthony, especially in the early days when his work behind the scenes was critical to the survival of SEN,” said SEN boss. Craig Hutchison.
“Dearly loved by our audience and our team, Huddo is undoubtedly one of the great sports broadcasters of Australian sport, now and throughout history.
“While we are undoubtedly disappointed to lose Anthony and would have loved to have him be part of the SEN family, we respect the challenges surrounding his availability due to TV commitments. We wish him, his wife Eloise and family every success with his next step that fits this availability. He will be missed.”
Hudson will remain part of the Fox Footy team and will remain with the Foxtel giant in its growing roles through live match day broadcasts and panel commentary programs.
Hudson’s replacement on Friday night football alongside head sportsman Gerard Whateley has yet to be announced.