Garry Lyon departs Nine

Footy Classified host Garry Lyon has left Nine to join FOX Sports.

Lyon has been a permanent fixture with the network since 2005, largely as co-host of The Footy Show alongside James Brayshaw. But there were earlier appearances dating back to his final years playing AFL.

But following a much-publicised relationship with Nicky Brownless, Lyon spent 2016 away from media commitments, before returning in 2017.

Nine remained supporters of Lyon’s health rehabilitation even through some testing headlines and the anguish of its other talent, Billy Brownless.

“We’ve been great supporters of Garry for more than 20 years,” a Nine Network spokeswoman told Fairfax. “He’s a great talent and we wish him all the very best for the next chapter of his career.”

Footy Classified
recently saw the return of Craig Hutchison who appears likely to host solo in 2018. Yesterday Caroline Wilson also announced she was scaling back her print commitments, but no word if it impacts her role on Nine too.

He begins at FOX Sports n 2018.


  1. I can see why he has gone to fox footy. He was always a good special comments person.
    I wonder if they will go with damian barret again or an actual footy person.

  2. Caroline Wilson said on her podcast with Corrie Perkins, Don’t shoot the messenger that she is contracted to 9 and 3aw for another year for footy classified and radio. She also said she will still be doing her semi regular appearances on abc’s offsiders too.

    It will be interesting to see who they will replace gary with? I think they will look for someone with a similar skill set who’s played or coached the game. I would guess it would be someone who’s probably recently stopped playing for a newer and younger insight and obviously isnt afraid to have a strong opinion. I’ve said this before it doesn’t matter is your one of the better shows going round, but when you’ve got radio, podcasts other tv shows before you, add in a variable late timeslot, a ceriain monday fatigue sets in and the show may be ignored based on the fact I’ve heard it already today.

  3. I reckon Lyon will provide special comments during Fox Footy’s match coverage on Saturdays and Sundays. As for Caroline Wilson, she has confirmed she will stay on as a panellist on Footy Classified.

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