Perth Mayor Basil Zempilas tipped for Triple M Breakfast
Basil Zempilas could be back on air next year – and not just to be interviewed as the new Mayor of Perth.
In addition to his civic duties, he’s now tipped to be part of the new Triple M Breakfast lineup in Perth.
Zempilas was previously on Nine Radio’s 6PR as part of its Breakfast lineup. When he started his mayoral campaign, however, Nine decided that should he be successful, he couldn’t continue in the role.
In addition, his other employer, Seven West Media – for which he writes columns in The West Australian and appears on television – felt there was a conflict between his two employers.
Zempilas has courted controversy in recent months with an aggressive approach to Perth’s “homeless problem”, and problematic comments about the transgender community.
Following his transgender commentary, he apologised, however over 10,000 people still called for his ousting from his new public position.
Triple M Perth launches soon after Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) announced a shakeup of its Perth stations.
The Hit Network’s 92.9 will become Triple M Perth, while Mix 94.5 will switch over and join the Hit Network.
Mix 94.5’s current Breakfast program of Clairsy, Matt & Kymba will continue, while Triple M’s lineup has not been confirmed.
Radio Today had previously speculated comedian Amos Gill could be in line for the gig.
SCA said it did not comment on speculation or talent.
Head of the Triple M Network, Mike Fitzpatrick, however, has previously said it’s exciting to finally bring the radio brand to Perth.
“There’s a massive deficit in the city for people who enjoy rock music and no one does it better than Triple M. Our format, rock, sport and comedy, is unique in the world and I know listeners in Perth are going to love it. Localism is a major focus for Triple M and this radio station will be run by people who are born and bred in the west who can talk to Perth as true locals, combined with the best of our national personalities and shows,” he said.
And SCA’s chief content officer, Dave Cameron, said the new Breakfast show would deliver “something fresh, fun, and local at Breakfast to complement rock’s greatest hits”.