Steve Price moves to 2GB Afternoons, Merrick Watts tipped for Nights
The Steve Price show will replace Chris Smith from 12pm-3pm on 2GB & 4BC Weekdays, after Smith parted ways with the network last week.
Macquarie Media says Price’s new show will be centred around “unpredictability, fun and passion that comes from a show where the open line for callers is always front and centre.”
Price will be joined each day by Rita Panahi, with Deb Knight and Erin Molan set to make regular appearances.
“The nature of media in these digital times means there is no shutdown for all of us including talk radio,” Price said.
“So much happens post the frantic breakfast setting up of the day and I’m excited to follow Alan Jones and Ray Hadley, Australia’s two most successful talk stars.
“Afternoons will be a combination of opinion, talkback, breaking news and more – who doesn’t want to talk about their dream holiday or set of wheels, and trading blows with regular Rita Panahi is always great radio.”
“News doesn’t stop breaking when you break for lunch – and with Steve Price behind the microphone, neither do we,” added Macquarie CEO Adam Lang.
“For the last seven years Steve has been presenting our Nights program, and he has achieved that extraordinarily rare feat of being #1 simultaneously in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.
“We’ve seen how broad Steve Price’s appeal is – and now with The Steve Price Show to air from 12-3pm, a new audience can enjoy his down-to-earth style, from tradies on a worksite to parents doing the school pickup.
“We also know how tough it is for so many businesses out there – and Steve has a track record of delivering terrific results for our clients.”
As for the now-vacant Nights gig, News Corp reports that former Nova FM Breakfast host Merrick Watts has been sounded out for the role.
Macquarie Media CEO Adam Lang told The Daily Telegraph that he had been in talks with Watts for “six to eight months” about getting him a permanent gig.
Lang first worked with Watts when they were both at Triple M.
Watts has previously acted as a fill-in host at 2GB, and will once again join the station this week filling in for Ben Fordham.
Amid the shuffle, 2CC Canberra announced that Alan Jones will now be broadcast into Breakfast in the nation’s capital, with Tim Shaw moving to Afternoons.
Listeners in Canberra had previously heard the Alan Jones Highlights program, but will now hear him broadcast every weekday.
“We spend so much time talking about what’s happening in Canberra,” said Jones.
“Now I’m very pleased to say I have the chance to talk to, and listen to, the people there. Thank you 2CC for having us on board.”