Wendy Harmer Returns to Radio

Staff Writer


The ABC has announced that Wendy Harmer will make her return to radio in 2016, joining 702 ABC Sydney on Mornings.  Wendy joining the national broadcaster is one of many new additions and changes across the country for the various ABC Networks.


Michael Mason, ABC Director Radio, said “In 2016, ABC Radio will continue to broaden its appeal through new presenter appointments and content, which better reflect the communities and society it’s part of. It continues to be the destination for great ideas, classical and contemporary music and the place where Australians connect with their cities. ABC Radio will be the home of 2016’s big conversations and stories.”

Local Radio

702 ABC Sydney

  • One of Australia’s best-known radio hosts, Wendy Harmer will return to the ABC to present the Mornings program.
  • Talented entertainer Christine Anu will share the Evenings program with Dominic Knight, before taking up the reins on a full-time basis later in the year.


774 ABC Melbourne

  • Australian musician Clare Bowditch will be the new presenter of the weekday Afternoons program.


891 ABC Adelaide

  • Ali Clarkewill present Mornings in Adelaide.
  • Mornings presenter Ian Henschke moves to Drive.


720 ABC Perth

  • Journalist and broadcaster Jane Marwick will take on Drive.
  • Tracy Vo, TV news reporter and author of “Small Bamboo,” will present Saturday Breakfast.


105.7 ABC Darwin

  • Adam Steer, who has been a familiar voice in Darwin this year, takes on Mornings.


triple j

triplej will introduce a new sex and relationships program on Sunday nights to replace Sunday Night Safran. The program host will be announced in the New Year.

  • Weekends will see all regular presenters return, but with a couple of timeslot shuffles. Stacy Gougoulis will now host Weekend Breakfast; Gemma Pike returns for Weekend Lunch; Kyran Wheatley will host Weekend Afternoons, where he will be joined by co-host Gen Fricker, who was a regular guest on his show in 2015.
  • Your favourite Saturday night party-starters – House Party hosted by KLP and Mix Up, hosted by a different resident DJ each month – will keep you dancing past midnight, followed up with a new late night program called The Kick On, hosted by Shantan Parameswaran aka Shantan Wantan Ichiban.



ABC Classic FM

In 2016 Classic FM continues to be Australia’s home of classical music, curating the world’s most beautiful music for audiences of Classic FM & Classic 2, while introducing some new voices and a refreshed line-up.

  • Phillip Sametz will move from presenting the popular weekend programs Screen Sounds and Sunday Recital to Classic Breakfast.
  • Brisbane-based presenter and author Martin Buzacott will present Mornings.
  • Current Classic Breakfast presenter Julian Day moves to Afternoons from (Sun-Tues).  Julian has been awarded the 2015 Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists Travel Scholarship and will have international travel opportunities throughout the year.
  • Popular Mornings presenterChristopher Lawrence moves to the Drive program.
  • Damien Beaumontwill move from Afternoons to take over Weekend Mornings from Marian Arnold who recently retired.
  • New voices on the station include talented harpist Genevieve Lang who will replace Phillip Sametz on Sunday Recital and multi-talented Brisbane-based composer and conductor Gordon Hamilton, who will replace Phillip on Screen Sounds.



In 2016, RN will continue to set the agenda for the national conversation with specialist content and in-depth genre expertise across news, current affairs, arts & culture, religion, science, health and features, delivered on air, online and via its world-leading podcasts. Changes include:

  • Experienced journalist and broadcaster Ellen Fanning joins RN to present the ever-popular Life Matters (Mon-Wed), following Natasha Mitchell’s move to new opportunities at RN. 
  • Cassie McCullaghwill host Life Matters (Thurs-Fri) and present The TV Club (formerly The List), on Wednesdays.  It’s a fresh look at TV, involving discussion, debate and lively analysis of new developments.
  • While RN says goodbye to the Media Report, the station will continue to discuss media issues in depth, with a network-wide focus on media stories – especially during RN Drive with Patricia Karvelas.
  • Former Media Report host Richard Aedy will host two new business programs: one focusing on topical business issues and the economy, and the other on the broader elements and challenges of leadership and innovation. 
  • Perth-basedKirsti Melville will present Earshot (Mon-Thurs).

Full line-up releases will be available for all stations at the start of the new program year.



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