6PR radio presenter Liam Bartlett has announced his surprise resignation from the Nine Perth-based radio station.
The Perth shock athlete – who is also a 60 Minutes reporter – will step down from both roles in November.
Bartlett revealed the decision in a statement read by colleague Mark Gibson on Friday night.
“It was a real privilege and honor to be allowed to present the morning program in my home country and to be part of the wonderful 6PR team,” the statement read.
“My time at 60 minutes gave me so many memorable moments following in the footsteps of some of the best in the business. I am extremely grateful for all opportunities.
Bartlett’s career spans more than 30 years in print, radio and television.
The station’s flagship talkback programs hosted by Liam Bartlett and Gareth Parker have suffered dramatic ratings losses over the past two years.
Listeners showed they had had enough of the pair in May when their ratings plummeted, while ABC’s breakfast and morning shows began seeing a huge ratings boost .
The notable drop pushed 6PR out of the top five overall stations for the first time – replaced by 6JJJ – instead, sitting in seventh position behind 92.9 Triple M.
In August, the West Australian revealed the Nine star was in a neighborhood dispute after he objected to a change to frosted glass on the balcony railings of homes in the Nedlands opposite his property.
The case is currently before the State Administrative Court after the city council voted not to allow Bartlett’s neighbors to have clear glass.
Bartlett’s replacement at 6PR has yet to be announced.