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Hit Network unveils national lineup for 2018 (and there’s some big changes)

The Hit Network will bring an epic national line up to listeners across its 43 stations in 2018, with Ash London Live bringing more music for the late drive home and more national radio stars, comedians and influencers delivering more shows than ever before!

Delivering the newest and best tunes in the world for the late drive home in 2018 will be Ash London Live, kicking off at 6:30pm straight after The Hit Network’s brand spanking new national Drive show with Hughesy and Kate. It’s been a huge year for Ash London, a rising star and lover of music who has hosted drive several times this year and most recently toured the country as the on stage host of RNB Fridays Live. A concert series which has had unprecedented success for the Hit Network, for the second year in a row.

Those Two Girls are set to keep the early morning risers entertained before The Hit Network’s metro brekkie shows fire-up at 6am each morning. Those Two Girls – Lise Carlaw and Sarah Wills will host an early morning breakfast show nationally from 5am-6am. Currently on Hit105’s weekend breakfast, they have become known for their hilariously, open and honest conversations around everyday life.

National late night show Collective Noun will continue to bring the laughs, starting one hour earlier from 10pm through to midnight, straight after Ash London Live. The hilarious young trio; Dom Fay, Zach Mander and Michael Parente make up Collective Noun and have over 120,000 Facebook followers, 200 million video views online and have recently been featured by Buzzfeed, Unilad, Ladbible, 9gag, Philip Defranco, news.com.au.

New to The Hit Network in 2018 will be an outstanding national overnight show withDanny Lakey, from midnight ‘til dawn. The upcoming radio star, comedian and writer, currently co-hosts Hit brekkie in Central Queensland and had a recent video of himself kissing Bill Shorten go viral! http://bit.ly/2hXVQb1

Head of Content for the Hit Network, Gemma Fordham said, “The Hit Network has never been stronger with more talent across breakfast, day-parts, drive and nights than ever before.”

“We have more live hours, an extended drive home with our formidable quartet Carrie & Tommy and Hughesy & Kate and more music being played by the uber talented and pop culture super fan Ash London. We’re really excited to entertain and connect with even more listeners in 2018 across our 43 stations!”
Hit Network National Line-up 2018 Monday to Friday:

5am – 6am                  Those Two Girls

6am – 9am                  Hit Network Breakfast shows
3pm – 4:30pm            Carrie & Tommy

4:30pm – 6:30pm       Hughesy & Kate

6:30pm – 10pm          Ash London Live

10pm – midnight       Collective Noun

Midnight- 5am           Danny Lakey

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radionerd
26 Oct 2017 - 12:32 pm

Yawn. Nothing to get excited about here.

Sue
26 Oct 2017 - 12:38 pm

Fringe and off peak stuff of no interest really. Nights and mid dawns ” some big changes ” really Radio Today ? Yawn is right. How about getting the Hit breakfast shows right instead of playing on the fringes with stuff that makes no difference at all.

Lee
26 Oct 2017 - 1:51 pm

I think Gemma is the only person excited by this announcment.

PD
26 Oct 2017 - 2:21 pm

Its great to see these initiatives – early drive, early breakfast, early mid dawns. This is groundbreaking stuff.

Nan and Pop for the Drive
26 Oct 2017 - 2:40 pm

Congrats to Danny, watching all that extra CASH rolling in!!!!!!

TheT
26 Oct 2017 - 3:14 pm

Hughsey and Kate was a good steal.
Interesting to see how they go on 2day, given how shocking breakfast is going

Tim
26 Oct 2017 - 3:25 pm

Don’t think Em Rusciano and Harley Breen will be very pleased with losing that one hour national show they have of an evening.

Nice one SCA
26 Oct 2017 - 4:18 pm

Good to see solid investment in up and coming talent

Michael
26 Oct 2017 - 5:05 pm

ARN and DMG will continue to not care what SCA are doing. No threat.

Ash London the star of this line up

Feels like we are watching another mess that was made by similar people while they were in similar roles in NZ. They are still suffering from those decisions…

Where’s Em ?
26 Oct 2017 - 5:13 pm

What happened to Em at night has she finished up ? Is this a forerunner to a new breakfast announcement too ? Let’s hope so for SCA’s sake.

Mick
26 Oct 2017 - 5:39 pm

Has Em Rusciano been dropped from national nights already ?

Alice
26 Oct 2017 - 7:12 pm

Sorry to hear Em has lost her national night show they didn’t give it much of a go too early to tell if it was going to work or not. Go Em !!!!!!!!

Bob
26 Oct 2017 - 7:29 pm

Just 3 months ago SCA announced Em & Harley’s move to national nights because “ the show’s heart and humour is resonating enough with Sydney listeners to take the highlights to a national audience. Listeners from outside Sydney have told us they too want to be able to listen to the show too “ So what happened in 3 months ?
The night show was a Best of Highlights. If that doesn’t work how will breakfast ever work ?

Hand Clap
26 Oct 2017 - 8:02 pm

I just love bitter and twisted some of the industry (Or people clearly not in it anymore… I’m not sure how they even stand themselves)

Couldn’t care less which network made this call, It’s good to see future of radio looking strong. More live hours is great for the industry! The best part of the bitter and twisted losers on here commenting in such a down way is that you haven’t got a clue and it’s awesome to read! Thank you for providing constant laughs and making it easier to get a jobs in radio because when we’re up against you it’s a no brainer to choose the ones with talent who actually have more to say than “Ohhhh that’s crap idea, I know so much more and when I do my fantasy radio team I would do the opposite”
Haha keep going though because we all need the laugh!

Sebastian Roberts
26 Oct 2017 - 9:11 pm

Please SCA… “late drive home” from 6.30pm – 10pm… yeah that’s called ‘nights’. Although I hear that peak hour traffic in Emerald can be a real bitch. Getting home can take as long 5 minutes. “Early morning breakfast show” from 5am-6am… yeah, that’s part of ”mid-dawn”. You remember mid-dawns don’t you? Where country jocks used to get a break in the city, not just one guy at a hub on 40 stations. This all sounds pretty live and local doesn’t it.

Sam
27 Oct 2017 - 7:43 am

What happened to Em and Harleys national night show which was just announced recently ?

Kelly
27 Oct 2017 - 9:02 am

Awesome news for Melbourne! I love Those 2 Girls’ podcast and think its so cool I’ll be able to hear them on my way to work now.

Chrissie
27 Oct 2017 - 1:08 pm

Ash is not bad but hardly a world beater shes a solid music jock. The Triple M network lineup looking stronger next year. 2018 will be interesting to watch.

Michael
27 Oct 2017 - 9:23 pm

Chrissie – Line up on MMM might look good. But the product is a dog. It undelivered on what it could be… Poor programming meaning its a fraction of its potential.

Damien
4 Nov 2017 - 10:22 pm

Demo wise, ARN and HIT stuffed their drive shows around. W&W should be doing Hit drive, and H&K should have stayed on ARN. You would think ARN would know better after poaching Ant & Becks all those years ago…

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