Spencer Howson takes on 4BC Weekends

Staff Writer

Nine Radio is continuing its program of getting more local hosts onto Brisbane’s 4BC, announcing that Spencer Howson will front 4BC Weekends from January 16.

Howson had produced and fronted various ABC regional programs, before taking on metro roles in Brisbane, including in Breakfast and Afternoons. In 2006, he returned to the ABC Brisbane Breakfast slot and became the #1 program. He left the ABC after 25 years in January 2017.

His new program on 4BC will replace Chris Smith’s program, which currently broadcasts out of Sydney and is syndicated on 2GB and 4BC.

Since Nine Radio took full control of 4BC, following Nine’s acquisition of Fairfax and its subsequent full take over of Macquarie Radio, it was been shaking up the presenter lineups across many metro markets.

Alan Jones was replaced in Breakfast, enabling 2GB and 4BC to have different hosts – whereas Jones had gone out to both markets. Neil Breen took on Brisbane’s 4BC and Ben Fordham replaced Jones on Sydney’s 2GB.

Fordham’s move out of Drive saw Jim Wilson take on the 2GB role, while Scott Emerson became 4BC’s local Drive host.

Max Dudley, 4BC’s content manager, noted Howson’s local credentials.

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Spencer to host 4BC Weekends. His success and experience presenting on Brisbane radio is revered, he’s a Brisbane local who is passionate about local news, and he’s set to do big things in 2021,” he said.

Howson added: “I’m looking forward to a new challenge, setting that early alarm again and getting back in the studio to bring a new wave of Brisbane listeners all the latest information to get them through their weekends.”

The show will broadcast from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays and Sundays from January 16.

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