Rugby league commentator David Morrow steps down from 2GB Continuous Call team amid brain cancer battle

A radio broadcasting legend will step down from on air duties after a recent cancer diagnosis.

Speaking on 2GB on Friday, Ray Hadley revealed iconic sports broadcaster David Morrow has been diagnosed with brain cancer and will step down from his role on the radio’s Continuous Call Team indefinitely.

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Hadley confirmed Morrow, often known as “Thirsty”, will take the time away from broadcasting and commentary duties to focus on cancer treatment and spend time with his loved ones.

“David and the family decided they wanted me to break the news to not just our media colleagues but the millions of listeners David has connected with in a career that’s lasted more than 45 years,” Hadley said on Friday.

“David is not just a work colleague, but a dear friend to everyone at this station and this network.

“He’s a man of some substance.

“It goes without saying he’s Australia’s most versatile broadcaster.”

Hadley reflected on the broadcaster’s career to date, which the fellow caller has been part of for the last four decades.

“For the past 40 years, we’ve either shared a broadcasting box or been in an adjoining broadcasting box,” he said.

“I can say in all honesty, in all the years as competitors, we’ve never had a blue.

“And obviously if you know me, that is saying something.”

Morrow has covered eight Olympic Games and six Commonwealth Games across his 52-year career and started at 2GB in 2015.

The broadcaster was inducted into the Sydney Cricket Ground Media Hall of Honour in 2023.

2GB head of content Luke Davis said it has been an honour to have Morrow as part of the team and wider Nine Radio family.

“For more than five decades, David Morrow’s voice has been the soundtrack of some of the greatest sporting moments Australia and the world has seen,” Davis said according to 9 NEWS.

“His knowledge and passion for sport has burst through Australian radios each and every weekend – a familiar and iconic sound.

“‘Thirsty’ has called countless epic individual performances and sporting battles in his time.

“He now faces his own battle, but does so with the backing of many mates in his corner.”

Mark Levy will take over lead NRL commentary duties as he is joined by Matthew Thompson and Chris Warren for the 2023 season.

Morrow has commenced radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

Originally published as Legendary sports commentator David Morrow diagnosed with brain cancer