Carrie & Tommy tipped for full Hit Network Drive show in 2021
Carrie Bickmore and Tommy Little are expected to take over the Drive slot across Southern Cross Austereo’s (SCA) Hit Network.
The network, including 2Day FM in Sydney and Fox FM in Melbourne, currently has a gap between 5pm and 6pm which needs to be filled.
This year, the Carrie & Tommy show ran from 3pm to 5pm. Dave ‘Hughesy’ Hughes and Ed Kavalee then took over for 5pm to 7pm with Hughesy & Ed.
Yesterday, however, it was confirmed that next year Hughes and Kavalee would have the difficult task of taking over 2Day FM Breakfast in Sydney, alongside new recruit Erin Molan.
Highlights from the new show The Morning Crew will be played nationally across the Hit Network from 6pm to 7pm.
This leaves the Hit Network with a one-hour gap, which most expect to be taken over by Carrie & Tommy.
The program does face timing difficulties due to Bickmore’s ongoing commitments with Channel 10’s The Project which is on air live from 6:30pm.
Bickmore and Little already record their program from Channel 10’s studios, rather than at SCA, however it is understood if the radio program was extended, the later part would be pre-recorded.
Channel 10 has confirmed to Radio Today that both Bickmore and Little will continue with The Project next year. Little tends to appear on The Sunday Project, while Bickmore fronts the program throughout the week.
In the most recent radio ratings survey, the Hit Network’s 2Day FM in Sydney had a 3.8% share in Drive (measured as 4pm to 7pm). Melbourne’s Fox FM was slightly higher with 5.7%, while Brisbane’s B105 was much higher on 12.9%. B105 is performing better than its Hit Network counterparts, boasting an overall 10.5% share, compared to 2Day’s 3.4% and Fox’s 5.2%.
Adelaide’s SAFM had a 10.1% share in Drive, higher than the station’s overall share of 8.4%, while Hit 92.9 in Perth had 10.4% from 4pm, ahead of the station’s overall 8.7% share.
Hit 92.9 in Perth will soon be transformed into SCA’s Triple M network, while its stablemate Mix 94.5 will join the Hit Network.
SCA’s 2021 syndicated Drive offering would likely run on Mix 94.5.
SCA was approached for comment.