Carrie & Tommy tipped for full Hit Network Drive show in 2021

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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.

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Mrs Pop
24 Nov 2020 - 12:46 pm

Why-oh-why do these two rate? Tommy is extremely unfunny (don’t tell him that though), and Carrie is beyond annoying. I lived in Sydney for 5 years. I never got its people then and I certainly don’t now. Silly, giggling and immature appears to be what listeners want. The Wiggles are more intelligent I have to say. Each to their own it seems.

24 Nov 2020 - 12:59 pm

Highlights from the new show The Morning Crew will be played nationally across the Hit Network from 6pm to 7pm.
That should take up 5-10 minutes what about the rest of the hour.

Radio Nerd
24 Nov 2020 - 3:18 pm

Are they bringing Bodge back or what? Or did he go to Grants?

The Dame
24 Nov 2020 - 5:42 pm

I thought highlights from a breakfast show were shuffled to the weekends. This sounds lazy. Misguided. No need to listen in the evening if you tuned in for breakfast. Why not create a whole new (music focused with Jamie Angel?) show 5 to 7? Original content might be good at 6pm.

24 Nov 2020 - 5:58 pm

Great… An extra hour of Tommy’s ‘jokes’ and Carrie’s forced laughter pre-recorded.

Why can’t Those Two Girls get this slot instead of being wasted at 5am?

Brett Stoward
24 Nov 2020 - 8:07 pm

Thank goodness there are several channels to chose from!

25 Nov 2020 - 7:09 am

Their drive show rates poorly. The Project comes last in its time slot for Channel Ten every night

Who thinks it’s a good idea to give these buffoons more air time?

For Real?
25 Nov 2020 - 9:36 am

Anyone who doesn’t think Carrie & Tommy are a great radio show should never be given the keys to a radio station. The negativity in the comments lately for all networks is just putrid… can I ask if any of the people firing out the negative comments have ever worked in a high level position or worked consistently on a high performing high rating metro station? (I’m guessing the answer is – no). Radio has changed from the 80’s, get over it. Put away the keyboard and get some fresh air. If you truly support the industry (which still pulls huge numbers mind you) you wouldn’t cut EVERYTHING down.

25 Nov 2020 - 9:39 am

Is this show going to be PRE RECORDED must be if she is on TV. Carrie and Tommy don’t rate on TV or Radio. They care about TV not Radio. Maybe it will sound better pre recorded ?

26 Nov 2020 - 9:31 pm

@ For Real?

100% totally agree with your comment to many negative people posting up on every article…..

Where’s my popcorn? Where’s my Coke?? I’m just gonna sit back enjoy the entertainment reading all new negative comments on posts @ radiotoday


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