Kate Langbroek reunites with KIIS FM for new-look 3PM Pick Up

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Australian Radio Network (ARN) has put to rest any rumours that Kate Langbroek could reunite with Dave Hughes next year, revealing the broadcaster has joined the KIIS Network’s 3PM Pick Up.

She replaces Bec Judd who has decided to “take a break from the media”.

Langbroek will be heard alongside Monty Diamond and Yumi Stynes from January 27 next year.

Langbroek last had a permanent gig on Australian radio as part of the long-running Hughesy & Kate lineup.

The duo hosted the national Drive show on ARN from 2015 to 2017. They then defected to Southern Cross Austereo’s (SCA) Hit Network.

In 2019, Langbroek moved to Italy with her family, and there was much speculation about how, if at all, she would continue to do the Australian Drive show. It was then confirmed she would indeed broadcast all the way from Italy.

She was increasingly absent from the show, however, with Ed Kavalee taking over the billing at the start of this year, transforming Hughesy & Kate into Hughesy & Ed. She continued to feature as a guest on the show.

From next year though, Langbroek is back with ARN, and she said she’s looking forward to her return.

“After our family adventures in Italy, I’m looking forward to returning to magnificent Australia – and ARN – and getting to speak my native language – radio,” she said.

“I can’t wait to join the 3PM Pick Up, I’ve missed eavesdropping on conversations I can actually understand and hanging out with like-minded friends, so naturally I am beyond excited to team up with those two Aperol Spritzes, Monty and Yumi, for some afternoon fun and funniness. Which reminds me, I promise I won’t be one of those infuriating people who returns from a stint abroad with an accent and entirely new vocabulary. See you in 2021. Grazie. And ciao.”

ARN’s chief content officer Duncan Campbell said he’s excited to welcome Langbroek back to the network.

“She is a seasoned broadcaster and will bring a new perspective to the show off the back of her time in Italy. Kate has a way of connecting with listeners that sets her apart and we are looking forward to hearing the chemistry and dynamic between Kate, Monty and Yumi come to life on air,” he added.

And ARN CEO, Ciaran Davis, said: “Securing Kate is an absolute coup for ARN. She is a well-loved Australian personality who understands the importance of working with our clients for positive commercial outcomes. We’re excited to welcome her back to Australia and, more importantly, back to ARN.”

Campbell also thanked Judd for her contribution.

“Bec Judd has been a fantastic contributor to 3PM Pick Up. The engaging conversation, real life anecdotes and fun that she brought to the show will be missed, but we wish her well on her next endeavours.”

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23 Nov 2020 - 10:29 am

Kate will have the same problem as many other broadcasters in 2021. She is going to have to find a new topic to talk about apart from how much she hates Donald Trump.

Brett Cameron
23 Nov 2020 - 11:20 am

Good pick up ARN. Dont know if it is just me but l dont find Hughsey or Ed particularly funny. If they move these guys to 2DayFM brekkie l doubt they will cut through.

23 Nov 2020 - 12:17 pm

good move. ARNs stable is impressive

23 Nov 2020 - 8:36 pm

Call me a conspiracy theorist, but this looks like ARN crimping the new 2Day Morning Crew because of the timing? I have a feeling SCA might’ve been within striking distance had they teamed Hughesy, Kate & Ed together because Erin Molan seems like a random choice. Guessing there was a bidding war for Kate? Hmm…

24 Nov 2020 - 1:09 pm

Was there no-one else available? Kate is over-rated. Neither funny or entertaining.

24 Nov 2020 - 11:52 pm

@Simon – I think it was more a case of Kate Langbroek not interested in doing breakfast radio again. Wasn’t that the reason Hughesy & Kate quit Nova in the first place?

I’m sure SCA were very keen for her to return full time to the show with Hughesy (and Ed), but they were never going to get her doing breakfast, and I highly doubt she would’ve moved to Sydney anyway. Decision to move Erin in would’ve been made weeks ago, given her more regular appearances on the drive shift.

I doubt ARN are worried about the ‘Morning Crew’. They would’ve been stoked that Langbroek was available again, hence why they swooped in.

25 Nov 2020 - 1:57 pm


Yes, that makes a lot of sense now. Breakfast and Sydney would’ve been the deal breaker.

Thank you for clearing that up.

Holly Yunes
9 Feb 2021 - 12:07 am

OMG whose idea to choose her? She is SO annoying and try-hard. I absolutely loved this show before she started. Can’t bear it now.


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