A major talent shakeup is underway at ABC Radio
It’s a race to the finish line for ABC Radio as it prepares to reveal its 2020 lineup in key markets.
This morning the Sydney Morning Herald reported that ABC Melbourne presenters Sami Shah and Jacinta Parsons are leaving the breakfast timeslot.
Shah and Parsons have been on-air for two years since replacing longtime host Red Symons.
ABC has since confirmed to Radio Today they will be replaced by comedian Sammy J.
Sammy is well-known to ABC audiences, presenting sketches on ABC TV each Thursday evening.
He has also been a regular contributor to ABC Radio Melbourne, guest-presenting the Breakfast show in September and taking part in many of the station’s big events.
There are also reports suggesting that Chris Bath won’t be returning to ABC Sydney in 2020.
Sources told TV Blackbox that Bath’s contract has not been renewed, taking the former Seven newsreader “by surprise”.
Update: The public broadcaster has since confirmed Bath’s departure, explaining it had been Bath’s decision to leave Evenings.
Bath joined ABC Sydney to host evenings in 2016, replacing former host Christine Anu, and recently informated management of her decitions.
“It was a very difficult one to make, but I need to find a job with hours more conducive to having my family recognise me!” she said.
ABC Sydney manager, Melanie Withnall, said; “It was our wish that Chris continue in Evenings, but we respect her decision. There will always be a door open for her to return.”
ABC Sydney is also losing Afternoons presenter Myf Warhurst, who told listeners last Friday “the show won’t be returning next year.
“I’ve got to tell you, I’m getting a bit croaky. What a wonderful experience this has been. It’s been a privilege to be in your lives for two years.”
“Thank you, I’ll miss you terribly, it’s been a wild ride but worth every minute.”
ABC Radio is expected to announce all replacements and its full 2020 lineup shortly.