PJ quits KIIS FM Melbourne Breakfast after three years
After weeks of speculation, Polly ‘PJ’ Harding has revealed she is leaving KIIS FM Melbourne.
Harding’s co-host Jase Hawkins announced a family meeting on air at 7am today, where Harding told listeners she plans to return home to New Zealand to be with her fiancé.
KIIS FM owner Australian Radio Network has since released a statement, saying a replacement will be announced “soon”, but sources tell Radio Today two familiar voices are “in the mix”.
The first is returning Drive host turned 3PM Pick Up regular, Kate Langbroek, along with Lauren Phillips who appeared on KIIS Summer Breakfast with Mornings host Ryan Jon.
Harding and Hawkins signed a new two-year deal with ARN in February 2020 following number of other high-profile renewals, including KIIS FM Sydney’s Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson.
Harding and Hawkins debuted on KIIS FM in 2018, but have failed to gain momentum. In the latest radio ratings, the show was up 0.8 points to 6.2%, on par with smoothfm.
“I have absolutely loved my three years in Melbourne at KIIS 101.1,” Harding said, who will wrap up with the network in June this year.
“Getting to work alongside my best mate Jase and interacting daily with our listeners really has been a dream job which I will be eternally grateful for. I will miss everyone here at ARN and can’t thank them enough for all their love and support.
“For every single person, last year was incredibly tough and in September I was fortunate enough to get back home to New Zealand to spend time with my family and partner BJ. During this time, I got engaged which was hands down the light at the end of a really dark year, and reinforced how important home really is.
“It’s not been an easy decision to make but I know for me it’s the right one and will kickstart a brand new chapter. I will miss Jase and the whole team so much, but rest assured we will definitely stay in contact as Jase is adamant to be my head bridesmaid.”
On Harding leaving, ARN’s chief content officer Duncan Campbell said the station is sad to see PJ go, but won’t “stand in the way of love”.
“ARN is genuinely delighted for PJ and wish her and BJ the very best for their future together. PJ is fantastic radio talent and she has brought so much fun, laughter and energy to mornings in Melbourne since Jase & PJ in the Morning launched in 2018.
“We are looking forward to making an exciting announcement about the future of Melbourne’s KIIS 101.1 Breakfast in the coming weeks.”