Confirmed: KIIS Melbourne on-air 19 January
In news that will surprise nobody, ARN has confirmed that it will relaunch the struggling Mix 101.1 Melbourne as KIIS 101.1 in 2015. They have also confirmed Hughesy & Kate will take over the national Drive show on the network.
National Content Director Duncan Campbell has said:
“Hughesy & Kate are brilliant radio talent who have enjoyed great success, and audiences in Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide are going to love their new drive show, while Hughesy & Kate’s loyal fan base in Melbourne will get to hear them on a fresh, new station next year.”
ARN’s Chief Executive Ciaran Davis commented:
“It’s no secret that at ARN we continue to attract and retain Australia’s best talent. We have the two best breakfast shows in Sydney with Kyle & Jackie O on KIIS 1065 and Jonesy & Amanda on WS FM101.7 and the number one breakfast shows in Brisbane and Adelaide.
We now have our sights set on extending the success of our Breakfast shows to the Drive slot nationally from January 2015."
In an internal email to ARN national staff this morning (sunday) Ciaran Davis has said;
"Dear All, I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know of some exciting changes we are making across our network and the implications this will have for you all.
Over the last couple of weeks you would have heard much buzz and speculation about our plans in Melbourne for 2015 and now I am thrilled to confirm we will celebrate the much anticipated extension of our hugely successful KIIS brand beyond Sydney into Melbourne and officially welcome KIIS 101.1 to the family on January 19.
In another exciting move for ARN in 2015, Dave 'Hughesy" Hughes and Kate Langbroek….will be driving listeners home nationally across the KIIS and MixFM network in 2015
As a result of these changes to Drive, Tim 'Rosso' Ross will not continue with ARN in 2015…..We will also be farewelling his on-air partner Matty at the end of 2014.
It's been an incredibly successful year for ARN where we have consistently delivered engaging and relevant content for our audiences across multiple platforms.
The addition of Hughesy & Kate to the team and the launch of KIIS 101.1 in Melbourne further strengthens our positioning in the market and enables us to move into 2015 with a strong strategy, a great team and an unprecedented level of excitement across the business".
Notably, the note to staff did not refer to the return, or otherwise, of the 'Chrissie & Jane' Breakfast show, nor any potential replacement show involving 'Matt Tilley' whose departure from SCA has already been announced.