Announcing “one of the biggest shake ups in Brisbane radio” the Fairfax Radio Network confirmed Ian Skippen and Loretta Ryan will host Breakfast. Skippen stepped in to host the breakfast show when Peter Dick left in August, and Ryan will move to the key morning slot from from the afternoon show she hosted with Moyd Kay.
Former Channel Seven news reporter Patrick Condren has been confirmed as host of the Morning show, a slot left vacant by long-serving presenter Greg Carey who announced in September he would be leaving after ten years. And the station confirmed Ben Davis, another former Channel Seven presenter, will take on Drive.
4BC is Brisbane’s only talk back radio station and has seen ratings fall in the recent surveys from Nielsen and recorded a 5.3 per cent share of the audience Monday to Friday in the latest survey in November.
The station’s audience share fell by 0.7 per cent in the six weeks to November 4, following a drop from a 7.3 per cent share of the audience to 5.8 per cent in September, an overall decline of 1.5 share points with a fall in audience across all timeslots.
Its weakest performance was for the evening shows Sports Today with Peter Psaltis and The Lounge with Walter Williams, however ratings for these shows increased in the six weeks to November 4. Both Psaltis and Williams will both continue to host their shows in 2014.
New hosts have been confirmed for Afternoons, set to be hosted by Michael Price and Heather Stott.
Price will move to 4BC from the network’s Brisbane music station 4BH, where he hosted the breakfast show, and Stott, a former BBC Radio Manchester presenter, will join the talk back station from ABC Brisbane where she has hosted the breakfast show for the last year.
Weekend Breakfast will be presented by Andre La Porte, the creative director of advertising agency La Porte Creative, and a guest presenter on 612 ABC.
News Talk 4BC general manager Anthony Frangi said the “powerhouse” line-up will bolster the station in 2014, adding: “The refreshed line up places 4BC in the prime position to lead the state’s news agenda each day and get to the heart of the issues concerning Queenslanders.
“The programs are headed by presenters who have covered some of the biggest stories not only in Queensland, but across Australia and the world.”
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