Absolute Truth: Christian O’Connell to front Gold104.3 Breakfast in 2018
After months of speculation and rumours, Australian Radio Network has confirmed who will be the face (and voice) of Gold FM Melbourne Breakfast in 2018.
As scooped by Radio Today, the replacement for Jo and Lehmo is non-other than UK broadcaster Christian O’Connell, who recently departed Absolute Radio after 12 years to set out on a “new adventure”.
O’Connell told Fairfax the decision to depart ended up being more difficult than he had envisaged.
“When you’re on-air five days a week doing personality radio, you’re sharing a lot of your life,” said O’Connell.
“You really feel like you know them. We live in an information overload, but people still want to hear someone who’s a filter – someone who steadies their world a little bit.
“I was offered a long-term deal to stay where I am, but this excites me more. It’s a real challenge and Melbourne is a fantastic city. There’s a lot going on.”
The previous Breakfast pair were let go in November last year, despite becoming the #1 FM breakfast show in Melbourne, overtaking Fox FM in Survey 7.
Last year Duncan Campbell told Radio Today that ARN had all but locked in two talent; one from “inside the network” and a second from “another network”.
Upon today’s announcement, Campbell added that O’Connell’s new show will be “like nothing Melbourne has heard before.”
“His sense of fun, relatable humour and quick wit will be perfect for Gold,” he said.
The station began Survey 1 of 2018 with former Jo and Lehmo anchor Troy Ellis in the Breakfast slot.
To get up to speed on what O’Connell has achieved in the UK, you can read our introductory piece here.