Fairfax: Magic Melbourne staff slashed

Staff Writer

The redundancies continue with the newly merged Macquarie Radio/Fairfax Radio Network. Last week Sydney and Brisbane, today Melbourne.

Magic 1278 is the next target and with staff at the station were summonsed to a meeting this morning.

Radio Today can confirm that  the entire On-Air team and one programming staff member will depart the station. It includes Kevin John and Jane Holmes for Magic breakfast, Peter O’Callaghan, Ric Ditchburn and Peter Van as well as long time music programmer  Darelle Kearins.  Jane Holmes is staying with Fairfax in her dual role with 3AW.

Chief Operating Officer Adam Lang said:

“We have made a number of staff changes to the Magic 1278 team today, which sees four of our on-air presenters leave the station.

“Breakfast co-host Kevin John, plus weekday and evening presenters Peter O’Callaghan, Ric Ditchburn and Peter Van, will leave Magic 1278, along with one other staff member. I would like to thank the terrific contribution these presenters have made to Magic 1278 in Melbourne.

“The Magic 1278 on-air line up will change and Breakfast co-host Jane Holmes will remain with the station.

“We remain strongly committed to Melbourne and our audience.

“During the survey break period we will, as usual, have fill-in presenters who will this week feature Melbourne entertainment icon Mike Brady.

“Our new on-air line-up will be announced shortly and we do not anticipate any further changes.

“While any redundancies are regrettable, we are determined to build a stronger national radio network with our music stations and the leading News, Talk and Sport stations in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.”

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