Hughesy, Ed & Erin confirmed for 2Day FM Breakfast
2Day FM’s Breakfast lineup of Dave Hughes, Ed Kavalee and Erin Molan has been confirmed.
The program – known as The 2Day FM Morning Crew with Hughesy, Ed and Erin – will kick off on January 18.
Hughes and Kavalee currently host the later drive slot across Southern Cross Austereo’s (SCA) Hit Network, of which Sydney’s 2Day FM is a part.
They were spotted arriving in Sydney from Melbourne this morning.
Staff have been told that both Hughes and Kavalee will relocate to Sydney for the gig, with Kavalee apparently eyeing property in beachside-suburb Tamarama.
Molan is already a Sydney personality, but currently works for Nine across both its television and radio assets.
Radio Today first speculated on the Hughesy, Ed & Erin lineup last week.
SCA’s chief content officer Dave Cameron said he can’t wait to get 2Day FM pumping again.
“We’re lucky to have a brilliantly hilarious and established show sitting in our fold that Sydney already knows and loves and is ready to hit the ground running in 2021. Hughesy had the number one drive show in Sydney for many years and collectively the crew are all trusted, strong performers in our target market.
“In bringing back a headline breakfast show again to 2Day, it was critical for us to deliver the combination of established chemistry, familiarity, existing high passion for our talent, deep breakfast radio experience and, most importantly, a show focussed completely on Sydney every morning. The 2Day FM Morning Crew with Hughesy, Ed and Erin will bring a clever wit with a show that’s already at the top of its game,” he said.
Head of the Hit Network Gemma Fordham said she knows Sydney will be excited for the new show.
“Hughesy and Ed have a chemistry and shorthand that can’t be faked, and our listeners connect to their candour about their lives, kids, relationships and pop culture. Erin is an impressive broadcaster who possesses the rare mix of fun and clout. We will continue to build on a roster of regular guests to bring the 2Day FM Morning Crew to life and we know Sydney will be excited by this show in 2021 – a genuinely funny show to start the day, alongside our emotive ‘feel great’ music format,” she said.
The shift of Hughes and Kavalee leaves the Hit Network without a syndicated Drive program between 5pm and 6pm.
The 3pm to 5pm slot is currently occupied by Carrie Bickmore and Tommy Little, and today, SCA announced an hour highlights package of The Morning Crew will run from 6pm nationally across the Hit Network.
Industry insiders suggest Carrie & Tommy could be expanded to fill the full Drive slot and compensate for the disappearance of Hughesy & Ed.
Insiders tell Radio Today that an announcement about Drive on Hit Network and also Triple M Melbourne Breakfast is expected later in the week.
Of the new gig, Kavalee said: “I’m fired up to continue working with Hughesy and excited about teaming up with Erin. We have a show ready to roll that I know will deliver the fun Sydney needs in 2021.”
Hughes joked: “My inbox is already full of DMs from Sydney real estate agents. Look, I can’t buy all of them but I’ll have a crack. Until then I will be staying in Kyle Sandilands’ pool house. In all seriousness, I have a ball working with Ed and I’m super pumped to be working with Erin. This is going to be a blast. From 10am every day you will find me at the Bondi outdoor gym busting shirtless workouts until my manboobs get rock hard.”
And Molan added: “To be trusted with this role is a huge honour and I can’t wait to embark on this new adventure with two of Australia’s comedy greats. Anyone who has listened to me on radio or watched me on TV over the past few years would be surprised that I’ve been brought into the fold as the ‘sensible one’. I was equally as amused and made sure to sign very quickly before anyone discovers I’m anything but.”
Current anchor of the Music for Breakfast format, veteran programmer Jamie Angel will still be heard across 2Day FM, SCA said.
“Jamie, Ellie and MC all stay as announcers and rotate shifts across the seven days,” an SCA spokesperson said.
How we got here
2Day FM currently has a 3.5% share in Breakfast. Drive, measured as 4pm to 7pm, has 3.8%.
Currently the Breakfast slot is hosted by veteran programmer and announcer Jamie Angel who has been presenting a ‘Music For Breakfast’ format.
The Music For Breakfast approach came after numerous iterations of talent-fronted programs, which could not get a firm foothold in the market.
2Day FM Breakfast’s instability began at the end of 2013, when contract negotiations with Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson broke down. The FM-topping duo then took their Kyle & Jackie O Show to rival Australian Radio Network (ARN) to help relaunch Mix 106.5 as KIIS FM.
To this day, the Kyle & Jackie O Show remains the #1 FM Breakfast show in Sydney.
Since then SCA has tried various programs, kicking off with Merrick, Jules and Sophie (with Mel B). This program, fronted by Merrick Watts, Jules Lund and Sophie Monk – with occasional input from former Scary Spice Mel B – could not take on the Kyle & Jackie O juggernaut and only lasted a year.
Up next was Dan Debuf and Maz Compton – or Dan & Maz – who had been doing Nights across the Hit Network. They were only eight months in when SCA announced there would be a new lineup in 2016.
This new lineup was Rove & Sam, or TV stalwart Rove McManus alongside jilted Bachelor winner, turned triumphant Bachelorette, Sam Frost. The duo failed to translate their television fame into a solid listener base, meaning they too only lasted a year.
Up next was The Em Rusciano Radio Show with Harley Breen. The comedians tried a different “looser” style of radio, but frequently hit headlines for broadcasting a Sydney show from Melbourne, and alleged tensions between the team.
Breen departed after one year to shift his focus back to standup comedy, with Kavalee and TV personality Grant Denyer catapulted in to fill the void.
It was then Rusciano’s turn to depart. She cited her pregnancy and the need to spend time with her growing family. She was replaced by existing SCA talent Ash London.
Angel took over the spot at the start of this year.
This year Angel has called the performance of 2Day FM Breakfast “tough”, “challenging” and “a little bit heartbreaking” – and both SCA CEO Grant Blackley, and chief content officer Dave Cameron have flagged their intentions to return to a prominent Breakfast show.
You can listen to last week’s Radio Today Tonight podcast below, which covers all the confirmed and speculated talent moves as 2020 draws to a close.