Nikole Gunn

Hughesy & Kate executive producer Sacha French, ready for Hit Network debut

In the Chinese calendar, 2018 is the Year of The Dog: a good time for lifestyle changes and to start new business ventures.

It’s rather prophetic for Australian radio, given that there’s a notable lineup change in almost every metro market.

And among those changes; Hughesy and Kate moving across the dial from KIIS FM to the Hit Network to fill the vacancy left by Hamish and Andy.

Also moving to Southern Cross Austereo in Melbourne is most of the team that surrounded the duo at KIIS, including long-time executive producer Sacha French.

While not giving anything away, she says the new show will definitely be “them”. But what they bring each day has evolved over the years.

I think what they had at Nova was obviously different when we went to drive. Being national is different too.

But, I think a lot of the elements stayed the same, so I can’t imagine they change that much. But, I haven’t even sat down to think about it yet”.

While still deciding whether to take the show in a new direction, French is very clear on one thing: maintaining the show’s integrity.

“We have a show that’s very honest. We all believe in the power of the truth. So, we don’t want to do fake callers.

“We’re not going to embellish a story and elements to make it more interesting.

I mean, I believe there’s something so powerful about the truth. You listen to some shows and you can hear there’s that ‘something’ that doesn’t quite click”.

Hughesy and Kate’s new national Drive show (4.30pm-6.30pm) will make its debut on the Hit Network on Monday, January 22. It will follow Carrie Bickmore and Tommy Little (3pm-4.30pm), creating a formidable drive ‘block’ to power SCA’s Hit Network through 2018.

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Ted
8 Jan 2018 - 6:04 am

Hughesy and Kate v Will and Woody aahhhhh ………ARN what have you done. Another costly mistake.

Mike
8 Jan 2018 - 6:12 am

What a loss to KISS H&K will prove to be.
W&W is just history repeating itself “ Ant and Becks have been appointed as the new drive show for Mix 106.5 and Mix 101.1. They will begin on 11 January 2010. That went well.

Trace
8 Jan 2018 - 11:28 am

Hughesy and Kate is twelve months only on Hit. That’s positive for investors, clients and listeners as we get another farewell show.

Craig
8 Jan 2018 - 12:50 pm

Hughesy and Kate are 2 years a coup for Gemma and the Hit Network

Interesting....
8 Jan 2018 - 4:06 pm

So come April…will Gemma try and steal Jase n PJ for Hit Drive 2019?

She created the Jase n PJ duo after all

Pierre
8 Jan 2018 - 6:19 pm

How long are hughesy and kate at the hit Network for

Denise
8 Jan 2018 - 6:40 pm

Can’t wait for Hughesy and Kate on air 22nd. You make my drive home entertaining. Will definitely move over to Fox FM. Den