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Alan Jones’ live stream crashes minutes into premiere of new online show

Alan Jones’ return to screens got off to a shaky start on Monday evening, with the feed crashing on all platforms just minutes into the 8pm premiere of his new online show, Direct to the People.

Jones’ website was down before the show even began, with producers blaming the issue on excessive traffic, rescheduling for 8.30pm at which point the stream resumed.

At the time the stream ceased there were 1322 viewers on YouTube and the video had garnered over 1600 likes on Facebook.

Alan Jones during the Direct to the People broadcast.
Camera IconAlan Jones during the Direct to the People broadcast. Credit: Supplied

Producers claim there were hundreds of thousands of people tuning in on the website which caused the mishap.

The inaugural guest on the program was Dominic Perrottet, who Jones congratulated for his commitment to “freedom of speech”.

“We’ve lost the quintessential Australian characteristics of optimism, fun…offering one’s own opinion without the fear of being cancelled,” Jones said.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet appeared as the inaugural guest on the show, responding to Jones’ criticism of Covid rules.
Camera IconNSW Premier Dominic Perrottet appeared as the inaugural guest on the show, responding to Jones’ criticism of Covid rules. Credit: Supplied

Jones also extensively criticised Covid lockdowns and mask mandates, which he described as having more of a negative impact than the virus itself.

Perrottet stated that decisions made by himself and his government had not always been the right ones, while acknowledging that Australia had enjoyed the success of comparatively low case numbers.

He added that with vaccination numbers on the rise it made sense to relax restrictions, and tighten them only when there was “substantial risk to people’s lives”.

“There are still so many commentators, politicians and members of the public who would still prefer us to be locked down in circumstances where there is no need,” the Premier said.

“My focus is not on the case numbers, it’s on the ICU and hospital presentations. Coming out every day and saying ‘here are the case numbers’ can instil fear in the community.”

Also appearing on the show was Queensland senator Matt Canavan, who discussed his push to increase Australia’s domestic manufacturing capabilities and implement nuclear energy.

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