Triple M Melbourne calls time on Eddie McGuire, Luke Darcy

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Eddie McGuire and Luke Darcy won’t return to Triple M Melbourne breakfast next year.

After 11 years on-air, the Southern Cross Austereo-owned station has announced the Hot Breakfast will be replaced in 2021 with a new lineup to be “announced soon”.

In the most recent radio ratings, the show was down 0.9 points to 5.8%.

Launched in 2009, the show shaped a new era in breakfast radio with a talkback approach alongside Triple M’s signature mix of sport, rock music and comedy.

McGuire said he plans to replace the early starts with some time to “reflect and recharge” and, after a break, “have a look at what the next project for Triple M looks like” next year.

“I joined Triple M 32 years ago as a young journo and this year has been a year like no other for all of us. We found ourselves able to broadcast six hours a day and on weekends when COVID-19 hit.

“Whilst gruelling, it has also been a true honour and pleasure for us to be with Melbourne every step of the way and the most important year in our show’s history,” he said.

SCA’s plan to make a change in Melbourne was first speculated on Radio Today Tonight in early October, with former Nova star Marty Sheargold rumoured to be among the frontrunners.

SCA’s chief content officer Dave Cameron, and Triple M’s head of content Mike Fitzpatrick, both thanked McGuire and Darcy for “a wonderful 11 years in the toughest spot in radio”.

“Eddie has brought a unique insight into our city every day with Luke Darcy, Mick Molloy and Wil Anderson, they created one of the great breakfast shows of all time,” Fitzpatrick said.

“It’s been a pleasure and a highlight to work with this show and the incredibly talented people, both on and off-air, who’ve made it.”

Darcy will remain with Triple M as part of its AFL footy call team.

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James
11 Nov 2020 - 8:20 am

If Eddie is staying with Triple M as he appears to suggest, maybe he will call footy for them. Can’t see what else he’d do there.

Andy
11 Nov 2020 - 9:38 am

Show went down hill when they brought Steve “Sydney Mouthpiece” on. Became too much 2GB Like

Frank Cotela
11 Nov 2020 - 11:59 am

Time for a total reboot… Can they go back to playing Music, Supporting Young Artists and New Bands, Shows, Music News etc Rock, Indie, Electronic… bring back youth!… Can they find a Music Programmer who’s music knowledge doesn’t end at the end of the 80’s (seriously your rotations are disgraceful), different speciality shows every night … The Music industry really needs a station that will support them for the next few years… Stop the obsession with Radio Surveys and go back to your original DNA… With Music Marketing so limited in this country… you cant say your sales team cant make the most of this opportunity …actually sack them also!

Craig.
11 Nov 2020 - 7:08 pm

Merrick & Marty?

Bronco Green
11 Nov 2020 - 7:57 pm

Christian O’Connell smashed Eddie in 2 years.
Showed Eddie you can’t half ass a breakfast show.

John
11 Nov 2020 - 9:04 pm

Eddie going on with his socialists, Marxist rubbish just became to much for the average person seeing he lives in Toorak

Corey
11 Nov 2020 - 9:31 pm

Spoonman to host breakfast next year

Re Bronco Green
12 Nov 2020 - 11:29 am

Hardly.
Gold was #1 with Lehmo and Jo and #2 with just music.

You could get #1 on Gold with a monkey. It’s Smooth.

Razz
12 Nov 2020 - 7:45 pm

So Eddie Maguire has the power to say he will be back after a break? Does he own the station?
Triple m Grow some balls and get some new fresh talent on air and let’s start with no footballers!

Rock
13 Nov 2020 - 2:41 am

Southern Cross Austereo really are bunch of amateurs. I’ve read about their new 2021 lineup in a few publications now.
Besides the fact that their ‘ grand plan ‘ for next year is just rehashing old talent and looking after mates, that place must have very little loyalty, it leaks like a sieve. More Melbourne so called comedians, more of the same. They need to get with the times.

Jim
13 Nov 2020 - 9:10 am

Hahaha re: Re Bronco Green.
On the contrary – Smooth is Gold or wants to be.
Christian has whipped Eddie and co. and done it rather quickly.
ARN have pulled off what SCA and Nova couldn’t and in less time.

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