For those of you that haven’t seen our post on social media from a few hours ago, it’s with great sadness that today I announced the end of Survivor Oz.
This has been a difficult decision for me to make, as this show has become such a passion of mine over the last five years and something that I never could’ve imagined would achieve the levels it did and achieve the fan base we have. It was my baby. It grew from a simple wall post on my Facebook wall to the second most downloaded Survivor podcast in the world. I have had the pleasure of interviewing close to 300 Survivor contestants over the years, key people involved in the production of the show as well as meeting and talking to countless fans throughout this time. It has been an amazing pleasure and one that I will never ever forget. I have forged close friendships with past contestants as well as fans and Ozlets, and to me this has been the most pleasurable part of the experience.
Sadly however it is not possible for me or the show to continue at this stage. Personally I have been suffering through mental health issues for the most part of 2016 which has made it difficult for me to commit fully to the show. It was a last minute choice for me to step back from it earlier this year which heaped a lot of pressure on to the Ozlets to scramble and put together the product they did throughout Kaoh Rong. I commend them immensely for doing so under such difficult circumstances and their assistance and support will forever be appreciated. During the off season and heading into season 33 as well as the new Australian Survivor it was my intention to slowly integrate myself into the show again along with the assistance of the Ozlets to continue to produce the show/website and then gradually get it back to where we previously were. However sadly due to circumstances this is no longer possible.
I had hope to bring extensive coverage of Australian Survivor going into what looks to be a ground-breaking season, but several elements are preventing me from fulfilling that desire. This has come from internal issues involving people on the show more interested in creating their own product rather than helping out on the show they have been apart of for some time and had initially agreed to help out with as well as factors involved from not being able to provide a true level of coverage through Network Ten not giving us access to contestants and other elements of the show to provide you, the listeners, an absolute comprehensive experience. It’s a disappointing pill to swallow given the level of coverage we have provided Australian Survivor fans for five years and have previously been granted access to US contestants through an overseas network through elements such as exit interviews and other products. To be then shunned by our own local version in that aspect is a bitter pill to swallow and very hard to take. Adding to other elements, it’s tough to be able to continue a product that I see personally as inferior and not as extensive as you the listener deserve. And with my own personal commitment not at 100% and with lack of support and help to bring that back up to full capacity, I have no choice than to pull the plug.
I would however like to hope that one day the show can be revived in some format in the future once my own personal life and issues gets sorted and other things settle into place. The support and messages I have received already in only a few hours have been great, and I very much appreciate the kind words sent through to both the page and me personally. Believe me, this is an incredibly hard decision and one that is still something that I am finding very hard to do. But to have support out there is very much appreciated.
At this stage we are still working out the content and what will happen to the past interviews and other aspects of the show. Keeping the interviews on the server is a monthly expensive which I can no longer afford, so I will attempt to work out some form of alternative to save them or archive them online for those still wishing to listen to them. Same with the website. It is an ongoing cost that will have to be reviewed at this stage and hopefully we will be able to update you further on this as we know more.
From the absolute bottom of my heart, thankyou to each and every one of you for being apart of this journey over the last half decade. Again I cannot express enough gratitude for you helping make us what we are. We have our haters who for sure will be celebrating the end of us and will not miss us one bit. That’s part of how this all goes and even the haters have brought me entertainment over the years, even through some really difficult times that have seen me very much nearly pull the pin beforehand. However if I had of done it during those times, the haters win. At least by going out this way, I can do it on my own terms and hold my head high knowing I’m doing this for reasons of my own accord, rather than bowing down to trolls online.
Thankyou again, and for the time being, I will see you on the trains. Goodnight.