ABC Director of Radio Michael Mason announced an extended breakfast show, a new nationally-aired music and culture show hosted by Myf Warhurst, and two new additions to the on-air team.
Craig Zonca and Rebecca Levingston will pair up for breakfast from 6am to 10am, incorporating a 30-minute break for AM. The new Breakfast program will highlight local stories, people and events, along with regular weather and traffic updates.
Mr Mason said the move to co-hosted breakfast programs in some of the ABC’s key capital city markets was due to the overwhelmingly positive listener response in cities where the format had been trialled.
“The industry benchmark for breakfast is for a two-person presentation and in Adelaide the combination of our Breakfast and Mornings presenters has helped push that show to the top of its time slot,” he said.
With Emma Griffiths at the helm, Focus Brisbane, a new mid-morning program in the 10am to 11am timeslot, will feature a wide range of local and topical matters.
Conversations will see a change, with Richard Fidler to share hosting duties with Sarah Kanowski, while remaining in the national slot of 11am to midday on weekdays.
Myf Warhurst will move from Double J to local radio, hosting a nationally-broadcast show with a focus on Australian music, regional artists and music festivals. Warhurst’s mix of music and talk will air from 12.30pm to 2pm.
ABC Radio Brisbane will welcome new presenter Katherine Feeney to the Afternoons timeslot, which is being moved to later in the day from 2pm to 4pm.
Steve Austin will move to the new-look Drive program, at the new time of 4pm to 6.30pm.
Ending the day, Kelly Higgins-Devine will present Evenings, statewide from 7pm to 10pm.
ABC Radio Brisbane is also excited to announce Loretta Ryan as the new presenter of Weekends.
The 2018 program schedule will commence on-air from 22 January.
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