“It’s utter crap”

Staff Writer

Angela Catterns and Ross Solly have laughed off suggestions she is auditioning for his job as breakfast presenter at 666 ABC Canberra.

‘‘It’s utter crap’’ Catterns said. ‘‘It’s not even a possibility’’ she told the Canberra Times.

Solly interrupted his leave to say…

‘‘The best thing in favour of me staying on breakfast is that nobody else wants the job, nobody else wants to get up at three o’clock in the morning"

Solly has been presenting the breakfast program on 666 for 8½ years and consistently wins the breakfast slot.

While he usually takes a longer break at the end of the survey year, he decided to take 4 weeks off now to spend time with his kids and have a break during the Olympics (the ABC’s coverage of the Games will see a shorter local breakfast program).

Sydney-based Catterns has come to Canberra to fill in for the four weeks. She is loved by a generation of listeners for her work on Triple J, the national evening show on ABC Local Radio and breakfast on 702 ABC Sydney.

‘‘Listeners say they have grown up with me and I really love that. It’s such a lovely compliment", she said.

ABC Local Radio manager Andrea Ho said she wanted someone ‘‘really good’’ to fill in for him…

‘‘We’ve got a great breakfast program and we want to look after it"

Catterns, who is based in Sydney, often fills in for other ABC radio hosts…

‘‘I call myself ‘The Gap Filler’,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s a very intimate job. You can get very intimate with the listeners, especially in breakfast when you’re often talking to people who are still in bed. In fact, I often got emails from men saying, ‘I wake up to you every morning’,’’ she said, with a laugh.

Read the full story in the Canberra Times here

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