Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Erin Molan has been appearing on the free-to-air television screens of Rugby League fans for nearly a decade now, starting her tenure as a member of Nine’s NRL broadcast team on The Footy Show the program’s news presenter and would eventually go on to host the show alongside Paul Vautin and then by herself during the show’s final season.
In recent years she has been a lead anchor on Nine’s pre and post game programs and the host of the Sunday Footy Show, but is set to be removed from the network’s NRL coverage from 2022 onwards as they look to shake things up and try to appeal to younger league fans.
The decision to remove Molan from NRL programming is also reportedly due to the fact that she is currently working for two employers and is in need of a lighter schedule, according to Nick Tabakoff of the Australian’s Media Diary.
“Diary hears the revision to Molan’s contract has nothing to do with her alleged issues with rugby league Immortal and fellow commentator Andrew Johns, amid persistent speculation the pair actively avoid each other both on- and off-camera at Nine,” Tabakoff wrote.
Erin Molan has reportedly signed a new contract with Channel 9 where she will no longer appear on its NRL coverage.
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“Instead, we’re assured Molan’s new deal is a reflection of a crazy work schedule between her two employers, Nine and Southern Cross Austereo, under her previous contract.”
Just last week it was revealed that Molan was asked to take on extra work by also reporting on federal politics, but politely declined and later put out a statement.
“My biggest thing in life is I never want to look back and regret not spending the time with my daughter that she deserves and now my situation has changed a bit,” she said.
“I’m very honoured to have been asked, I’m flattered to have been considered, but the timing for me right now is not right, but down the track hopefully.”
For now, Molan will be Nine’s sports reporter on their Friday and Saturday night news programs from 6PM and remain in her current role as a radio presenter on 2DayFM’s breakfast show.
There has been no word on whether or not she will return to NRL coverage at any point in the future.