Poll: Who should replace Ben Fordham on drive next month?
With the news that Ben Fordham will make the leap into 2GB Sydney breakfast from next month, the attention now turns to drive.
Australian media outlets, including this one, have churned out speculation stories over the last week that offer some insight into the potential candidates.
But McLaren and Smith aren’t the only contenders on a shortlist that is known to very few.
Nine chairman Peter Costello, chief executive Hugh Marks, radio boss Tom Malone and content director Greg Byrnes are playing a game of chess.
The final choice will need to be an almost instant hit with listeners and advertisers, and with ratings making a return very soon, there’s limited time to bed the show in.
While McLaren has proven a hit with Sydney listeners, some suggest the host it too young. Smith, on the other hand, has daily TV commitments with Sky News.
Those appointments suggest the integration of talent across its media platforms could result in a new voice on 2GB and 4BC drive from somewhere within the Nine family.
With the clock ticking and no confirmation on when a replacement will be unveiled by Nine, Radio Today invites readers to help Malone & Co make the best decision.
Voting closes at midnight on Thursday (May 21). Results will be published on Friday (May 22).