ARN has announced the restructuring of the 96FM breakfast show as part of overall plans to improve the performance of the station and relaunch 96FM later this year.
An ARN spokesperson says: “As part of a broader strategy to drive ratings growth, we have decided to reduce the number of key talent on the show from three to two which will result in Ian Blackley leaving the show as of today.
“The structure of the 96FM breakfast show going forward will be the duo of Carmen and Fitzi who have been on-air together on 96FM Breakfast for the past 4.5 years.
“We’d like to thank Ian for his contribution to 96FM over the past 3.5 years and wish him the very best for the future.”
When the news of Blackers’ departure was posted on the 96fm facebook page today it met with a huge negative response, with facebook followers commenting that it was programming being imposed from the East and voicing negative comments also about the Hughesy and Kate networked drive show.
By the end of the day there were nearly 500, mostly negative comments on the page.