ABC radio lineup: Robbie Buck new to Sydney breakfast in 2018
The ABC has announced its capital city radio, Radio National and regional station lineups for 2018.
Big changes are coming for ABC capital city local radio, which will see several Breakfast and Morning show hosts joining forces.
In Sydney Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck are joining to co-host an extended Breakfast show from 6am-10am weekdays, while Rebecca Levingstone and Craig Zonca will do the same in Brisbane (with 30-minute AM breaks at 8am).
Perth will also cop a combined Breakfast and Mornings show from 6am-9am, with Peter Bell joining Paula Kruger, while Melbourne is set to have a dual Breakfast presentation from Jacinta Parsons and Sami Shah.
Director of ABC Radio Michael Mason said that the changes to the program schedule including the move to a co-hosted Breakfast show was a result of positive responses in cities where this “double-header” presentation had previously been trialled.
“The industry bench-mark for Breakfast is for a two-person presentation and in Adelaide the combination of our Breakfast and Mornings presenters has helped push that show to the top of its timeslot,” said Mason.
In other major news, Myf Warhurst has jumped ship, leaving Double J to coming to ABC Local Radio for a new program set to feature music, culture and talk.
“I can’t think of anyone better than Myf Warhurst to take listeners on a musical and cultural journey of discovery that will celebrate and showcase great Australian music and performers.”
A new 25-minute early evening regional current affairs program will also now follow Regional Australia’s Drive programs.
The new show is set to follow a more conversational style, analysing the latest regional and rural news from around Australia and will be broadcast on all regional stations at 6:05pm and replaced on Radion National at 7:35pm.
“Our new current affairs program provides audiences, particularly those living in regional Australia, with a mix of news and information from across the country at the end of the day,” said director of ABC Regional, Fiona Reynolds.
In 2018 Radio National will begin a new Arts show, The Hub – which is set to be presented by a different specialist each week.
Today also saw triple j and Double J unveil substantial changes to their programming schedule for 2018.
The ABC’s new programming schedules will come into place from January 22, 2018. Check out the new schedules in full here.