Jim Callinan to replace Frank Barrett on Triple M Newcastle

Staff Writer

Newcastle’s 102.9 Triple M Call Team is undergoing a shake-up, with longtime caller Frank Barrett moving on to join the Newcastle Knights’ media and communications team.

He will be replaced by current Fox Sports News and Sky News presenter, Jim Callinan.

Alongside existing commentators Michael ‘Hages’ Hagan and Marc ‘MG’ Glanville, Callinan will call every Newcastle Knights match throughout the NRL season from Thursday, March 11.

Triple M said Callinan’s experience in live television, plus his extensive list of sporting contacts throughout the Hunter and Newcastle regions will make him the perfect addition to the program.

SCA Newcastle content director, Jase Allen, added: “We are thrilled to welcome Jim to the Call Team alongside Hages and MG. Having an expert panel of Novocastrians who can deliver an informative and entertaining call, will continue to make it the number one destination for local rugby league in 2021.

“Jim has hosted and called live many sporting events across all codes for years during his time at Fox Sports, [and] we’re honoured to have him as part of the Triple M Newcastle family and look forward to an uninterrupted NRL season to come.”

Callinan said it was a huge thrill to be joining the Triple M team.

“It doesn’t get much better than the chance to call your hometown team alongside two of the best – it’s a long way from cheering for Hages and MG on the hill as a school boy. Can’t wait to be part of it all and help bring the action to the best fans in the game,” Callinan said

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