Who will front 2DayFM Breakfast in 2021?

Former Editor & Content Director

Speculation is mounting about what Southern Cross Austereo’s (SCA) Hit Network will do with its 2DayFM Sydney Breakfast show next year.

It’s currently offering Sydney listeners a music-based program helmed by Jamie Angel – but the rumour mill is spinning wildly, with insiders promising it won’t stay that way for long.

So who would take the gig? The show already went through 15 presenters in six years – Kyle Sandilands, Jackie ‘O’ Henderson, Jules Lund, Merrick Watts, Sophie Monk, Mel B, Dan Debuf, Maz Compton, Rove McManus, Sam Frost, Em Rusciano, Harley Breen, Ed Kavalee, Grant Denyer, and Ash London.

Names being thrown around by industry insiders include Sophie Monk, whose star power has significantly increased since she was last on the show thanks to a starring role as The Bachelorette in 2017, as well as recent hosting gigs on shows including Love Island Australia.

Another TV personality said to be in the mix is Julia Morris, who in addition to hosting I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here on Channel 10, also recently appeared on The Masked Singer Australia. 

Then there’s existing SCA talent such as Carrie Bickmore and Tommy Little, who are syndicated across the network in Drive ahead of the Hughesy & Ed show. Will 2Day really keep two Drive shows in 2021? And would another Melbourne-based Sydney show work?

Some outside chances include talent from across SCA’s PodcastOne network and even some popular acting talent.

Head of the Hit Network, Gemma Fordham, had previously told this writer that the music-focused Breakfast show was not 2DayFM in a holding pattern, and SCA intended to back the format long-term, however in the group’s recent financial results, CEO Grant Blackley noted “we do think we will return to a host-led model at some point in the medium to longer term”.

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25 Sep 2020 - 4:33 pm

Rove is available for $2 million a year if anyone is interested

25 Sep 2020 - 4:44 pm

No matter who they get they have next to no chance of getting anywhere near K&J. You need Sydney hosts for Sydney people.

25 Sep 2020 - 5:02 pm

What about Ed Kavalee and Bella from the Bachelor?

Rob Sutton
25 Sep 2020 - 5:18 pm

I like it better when it is someone with no radio experience

25 Sep 2020 - 6:07 pm

Network Tanya and Steve from Newcastle.

Turn the lights of on your way out
25 Sep 2020 - 6:17 pm

Kyle and Jackio did well the last time they were on…

25 Sep 2020 - 6:43 pm

Networking talentless leftie personalities from Melbourne into Sydney is the future. I know SCA have toyed with this in the past, but it’s time for even more of it. Sydney people crave hearing Melbourne egomaniacs lecturing to them about gender issues down an ISDN line. Keep up the good work, 2Day. Stay the course.

25 Sep 2020 - 6:45 pm

I believe Grant Blackley has been in talks with the cast of Big Brother

25 Sep 2020 - 6:49 pm

2Day would be best served looking to social media for their next big star. It is a well known fact that lots of Instagram followers automatically means ratings.

Radio Nerd
25 Sep 2020 - 8:17 pm

Give Bodge a crack! Can’t believe they let him go in the first place!

25 Sep 2020 - 8:37 pm

Jamie Angel.
Keep him on it.

Mr Radio
25 Sep 2020 - 9:13 pm

Based on standard SCA practice, they’ll get someone superficially famous but with no radio experience, and sack them before they’ve had any chance to get up to speed. Or they’ll just hire Merrick again.

25 Sep 2020 - 10:48 pm

It could be considered an unusual move however, I am more than keen to hear a man with experience, pizzazz, a voice like honey who makes music, tells backstories, pertinent comments with a sense of humour and intelligence: his name
TIM WEBSTER ex television, radio 2ch

Mick C
26 Sep 2020 - 9:20 am

Does any one really care who is doing this GIG?

Ill stay with Busco for Brekie on Community Radio

26 Sep 2020 - 11:50 am

SCA to Network breakfast nothing is more certain.

26 Sep 2020 - 11:53 am

Merrick and Sophie good combo of boguns perfect for 2Dayfm.

Maria Demetriou
26 Sep 2020 - 12:00 pm

Carrie Bickmore and Tommy Little as talent, that’s a stretch.

26 Sep 2020 - 12:17 pm

Hughesy and Kate in the morning and Hamish and Andy for drive

26 Sep 2020 - 1:22 pm

SCA have never been talent developers. So we can rule out anyone getting promoted to the big stage.
My guess is that they’ll keep the ship going the same way, knowing they can’t compete in Sydney, and continue to be a radio-version of Spotify. They already killed off local broadcasting, and if you listen to any of their stations, you’ll hear in-house promos directing people AWAY from radio and to their podcasts.
The best example of this is the “all day breakfast”. What a weird thing to do, to offer people another breakfast show, when they should be promoting their on air teams…
Such an odd company.

26 Sep 2020 - 5:20 pm

Looks like Grant Blackley just threw Gemma under the bus. Ooops how arkward.

27 Sep 2020 - 12:36 am

Marty Sheargold?

27 Sep 2020 - 8:59 am

Marty Sheargold and Urzila Carlson together would be a cracka!

Rob Sutton
27 Sep 2020 - 12:42 pm

Who really cares? It will be a dismal failure whoever it is

27 Sep 2020 - 1:10 pm

SCA promoting the “all day breakfast” is unbelievable. Let’s sacrifice a Billion revenue industry for a 10 Million dollar revenue industry. What a weird thing to do, to offer people another breakfast show, when they should be promoting their on air teams. Well said, can’t understand the rationale behind this.

Brett Cameron
27 Sep 2020 - 1:31 pm

I dont find Marty Sheargold funny at all. Certainly not funny on HYBPA. They need a comic not a talker. They have enough of those in the afternoon shows. Nothing worse than listening to several people talking at once on radio.

rudy zarsoff
27 Sep 2020 - 9:08 pm

so many influential people writing comments, my money is on daryl somers.

27 Sep 2020 - 11:03 pm

is there really no on air talent these days? Isn’t Dale Lewis living in Sydney and with SCA?
He seems quite intelligent. No bimbos please!

Radio was better in my day dammit
28 Sep 2020 - 9:37 am

Here’s a thought maybe give someone a crack from all the regional Brekky shows SCA boned.

28 Sep 2020 - 12:45 pm

Who cares?
This station will never again be a force.
It’s glory days are over.

28 Sep 2020 - 1:03 pm

I’d be looking for a new CD before hiring a token “5 Minutes of Famer” from some infantile TV show who’ll last 4 months… rinse, repeat.

Imagine being a shareholder. OMG.

Come on really
29 Sep 2020 - 12:06 pm

@Sandie @Guy – It’s a podcast. It’s no different to how they promote any other of the Podcasts they have; even Nova and ARN are promoting podcasts during ad breaks. Also the all day breakfast podcast can be listened to anytime and it isn’t local. That’s why it will never destroy the stations listenership. If anything it’s clever for SCA to be within the podcast space with a show like that to offer. The Podcast sector of radio is only increasing in listenership and revenue. Radio has always survived by adapting. Podcasts are just the next phase that radio is moving towards.

29 Sep 2020 - 8:12 pm

I say bring on some cultured talents from Bankstown, Parramatta, North Shore, Redfern and Chatswood and BAM! all of a sudden people can relate to them. Time for SCA to step up and be the first to show change.

30 Sep 2020 - 3:00 pm

Dylan Lewis would be awesome as a announcer for this show. Years of radio experiences, top ratings, good music choices and funny. He’s wasted on JJ

30 Sep 2020 - 6:02 pm

What about some of the breakfast hosts that were thrown under the bus? They could do it. Bout time we heard some REAL announcers here in Sydney!
My vote is on Bodge. I used to get annoyed by how much RT published articles about him, but now I kinda miss hearing about him. Not that I’m a convert (yet).
Knowing SCA, it will probably be former reality stars…

1 Oct 2020 - 11:42 am

Hamish and Andy!

3 Oct 2020 - 9:00 pm

Just back to Sydney from a stint in Hobart. Why not give Jimmy and Nath with producer Grace a run from HIT100.9. Innovative and punchy content, involving their audience throughout the morning in various segments. Would work well in Sydney with a similar format. Really enjoyed some serious radio talent.

Ty Mentemp
16 Oct 2020 - 5:18 pm

Who will front 2DayFM Breakfast in 2021?

Maybe give the Tv personality and stand up comedian a miss, they could use a break.

Just for something different how about……wait for it ……… an actual radio jock with a good sense of humour ? sfx suspense theme

let him do his own thing, without everyone else butting in ? Just a thought,

21 Oct 2020 - 12:28 pm

Dan Andrews, cos he’s from Melbourne, has instant name recognition and isn’t funny.

21 Aug 2022 - 10:23 pm

Why do listeners need to know hosts for a successful radio gig? How is anyone starting out in the industry able to get a break or a start; when the default practice is “just grab a celebrity”…

I think if the radio station had a day or week of interviewing potential candidates like a normal job interview, they could find someone fresh, someone just as good at creating content and give them a shot.

People are sick of seeing the same people all the time, im sure their is a talented 30 or 40yo who needs a career change, just as much as the industry needs to change.


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