Entertainment Listeners turn their backs on ABC breakfast radio without Red Symons

08:22  13 march  2018
08:22  13 march  2018 Source:   theage.com.au

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Melbourne radio listeners have turned their backs on the ABC 's new breakfast show in droves following the departure of long-time host Red Symons .

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Dave Hughes and Kate Langbroek have grown their audience in Melbourne since taking over Andy Lee and Hamish Blake's drive show.© Provided by The Age Dave Hughes and Kate Langbroek have grown their audience in Melbourne since taking over Andy Lee and Hamish Blake's drive show. Melbourne radio listeners have turned their backs on the ABC's new breakfast show in droves following the departure of long-time host Red Symons.

Comedian Sami Shah and former 3RRR presenter Jacinta Parsons recorded a massive 2.9 point drop in audience share in Tuesday's radio ratings.

An ABC spokesman confirmed a drop in audience share was expected as a result of major programming changes in recent months.

"Breakfast audiences are down generally across most Melbourne stations," he said. "Changes to our programming will take time to settle in and we are confident that, over time, Melbourne audiences will discover and engage with our new content and presenters."

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Melbourne radio : ABC breakfast continues shedding listeners . ABC Radio 's decision to move Red Symons from the breakfast slot has continued to cost them listeners , according to the latest radio ratings survey.

Red Symons also recorded a drop in listeners when he debuted on ABC breakfast radio. For his first solo survey of 2003, the former Skyhooks guitarist saw his audience fall by 1.6 points to 14.9.

3AW breakfast kings Ross and John remained the most popular hosts in the early-morning timeslot despite a small drop in listeners.

KIIS FM's Jase and PJ, who took over Meshel Laurie and Matt Tilley's breakfast slot, were among the least-listened to breakfast programs with a 5.1 point audience share.

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High-profile ABC Radio Melbourne host Red Symons has announced he will not be returning to present the station's Breakfast program in 2018, telling listeners he was offered other things but decided to make a clean break .

Red Symons ' replacements have debuted their new breakfast show on ABC Radio Melbourne following the former Skyhooks guitarist's shock resignation late last year.

Their nearest competitor, sister station Gold FM, held its ground at 7.4 points despite station bosses boning Jo Stanley and Anthony Lehman last year and their replacement, British broadcaster Christian O'Connell, being yet to begin his show in Melbourne. O'Connell is due to hit the breakfast airwaves on Monday, June 4.

Former KIIS FM hosts Hughesy and Kate won the Drive slot in Melbourne with their new Fox FM show. The Hamish and Andy replacements – along with Carrie Bickmore and Tommy Little – managed to grow their audience by 1.7 points, beating 3AW's Tom Elliott.

On KIIS FM, Hughesy and Kate's replacements – Will McMahon and Woody Whitelaw – saw their audience share fall by 2 points to 7.4.

ARN boss Duncan Campbell admitted KIIS FM's losses in breakfast and drive were bigger than anticipated.

"We have to build [familiarity] and that takes time," he said. "They're bold moves for us, but we had to do something different. We have confidence that both of those shows will grow."

Alan Jones surges ahead with big jump in first radio survey of 2018

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Red Symons ' replacements have debuted their new breakfast show on ABC Radio Melbourne following the former Skyhooks guitarist's shock resignation late last year.

ABC Radio Melbourne’s breakfast host Red Symons shocked listeners by announcing live on air on Friday that he had been dumped from the job after 15 years. “News break ,” Symons said. “This will be my last year doing this program on the ABC .

Triple M's new national drive hosts, Mick Molloy and Jane Kennedy, grew 2.2 points to command an 8.7 audience share.

In Sydney, Alan Jones has not only held his position as the king of breakfast radio but strengthened his lead.

Jones' 2GB show had a 2.2 point increase, to extend his lead in breakfast radio to a 15.5 point audience share. The result sees the 2GB host claiming his biggest share in the slot since September 2016, when he had a 16.2 point audience share.

Adam Lang, chief operating officer of Macquarie Media, called the result a solid start for the AM veteran.

"He had a remarkable year last year with health challenges, and this is significantly up on the same time last year," he said, attributing the bounce to "some minor tweaks" on the show.

"Alan's always looking to energise and reinvent: we've done some outside broadcasts and some really good promotions. I tell you, he's worked very hard, as has his team."

Jones' biggest rivals in the slot, KIIS FM's Kyle and Jackie O, suffered a hefty 2.1 point loss to drop to an even 10 per cent share.

The FM leaders also fell behind ABC Sydney's Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck, whose show rose 0.9 points to a 10.3 point audience share.

Fairfax Media, the publisher of this website, is the majority owner of Macquarie Media, the broadcaster of 3AW.

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