Jase & PJ on the hunt for a new EP as Alex Perigo resigns
KIIS 101.1’s Breakfast show Jase & PJ is recruiting a new executive producer.
The vacancy comes as Alex Perigo, who has been with the show since its debut on Australian airwaves in 2018, announced he is moving back to New Zealand.
The Jase & PJ show, featuring Jase Hawkins and Polly ‘PJ’ Harding, replaced Matt Tilley and Meshel Laurie at a time when the Melbourne station was significantly shaking up its programming, It came at the same time as Dave Hughes and Kate Langbroek leaving the station. The Hughesy & Kate program was replaced by Will & Woody, featuring Will McMahon and Woody Whitelaw.
A job ad for Perigo’s replacement said the role involves “leading a team of the hardest working, driven and creative talents there are”. It also requires a great sense of humour, the ad said.
In the most recent radio ratings, KIIS had a 5.4% share in Breakfast, up from 4.7% in the previous survey. This placed it behind 3AW (25.0%), ABC Melbourne (12.6%), GOLD 104.3 (7.5%), Triple M (6.8%), Fox FM (6.6%) and Nova (6.3%).
Australian Radio Network (ARN) has repeatedly backed the program despite its relatively low ratings, but has flagged it wants the results to be stronger. Last year, the on-air duo signed on for two more years with the network.
Perigo finishes in mid-February, noting it was “quick and soon”, but said there was never a right time for these decisions.
“I’ve got five more weeks, which I’m planning on having the best fucking five weeks I’ve ever had on this show, which is going to be hard, because I’ve had some amazing weeks,” he said.
“I’m very, very, very, very, very thankful for the friends I’ve created – the two friends I’ve created – in Jase & PJ. And I’m also very happy for all the co-workers I’ve met,’ he added. “The show, since it came to Melbourne, turned into a monster, and we’ve had people through the door in and out, and I’ve been lucky to meet every single one of those people and all sparked up an amazing relationship with everyone.
“And so I’ll obviously never forget my time here, because it’s been such an important part of moulding who I am as a person.”
ARN chief content officer, Duncan Campbell, said: “Alex has helped Jase & PJ bring to life some great show ideas including their 56 Hour Marathon, Floating Tennis Court and Epic Tales. I’d like to thank Alex for his dedication and contribution to the show and we wish him all the very best for the future.”
The announcement can be heard below.