Is Christian O’Connell going national in 2020?
After reaching the summit of the FM Breakfast ratings in Melbourne in 2019, The Christian O’Connell show is going national this year.
Taking to Twitter, O’Connell wrote a cryptic tweet about the move, revealing he, Jack Post and Patrina Jones will be heard all around the country.
“Very excited to say that the show very soon will be available all over Australia,” he tweeted.
“Nothing but deep gratitude for this chance I’ve been given here x.”
Very excited to say that the show very soon will be available all over Australia. Me, @jackpost and @patrinajnews coming to your wireless in Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide. Nothing but deep gratitude for this chance I've been given here x
— Christian O'Connell (@OC) January 28, 2020
Radio Today reached out to ARN who declined to confirm and share more details at this time.
The most likely scenario would be a highlights show, broadcast going into other metro markets on either Nights or Weekends.
It’s easy to imagine O’Connell on Gold104.3 sister station WSFM, but whether ARN moves to put the show on 96FM in Perth, 97.3FM in Brisbane and Mix 102.3 in Adelaide remains to be seen.
O’Connell went to the top of the Melbourne ratings in 2019’s seventh GfK ratings book with a 9.1% share of listening, before finishing the year in second on 7.8%, behind Nova 100.
The show had a slow start and ARN national CD Duncan Campbell acknowledged bringing him to Australia was a risk, but there’s no doubt O’Connell has picked up a loyal following since his arrival in mid-2018.
He conquered the UK market on Absolute Radio and formerly Virgin Radio, hosting his Breakfast show from March 2006 to May 2018.