After Maz Compton and Matty Baseley called it a day last Friday on their networked Hit 101.3 Gosford Breakfast show, more of the regional SCA Hit shows look like they are being dismantled or altered before 2024.
This morning Bianca Dye was not on air, with her Gold Coast 90.9 Sea FM colleagues Danny Lakey and Ben Hannant continuing without her. The team won Best Podcast by a Radio Show at the 2023 ACRAs.
Also rumoured to be impacted is Newcastle’s Hit106.9’s where Ash London is currently co-hosting with Nick Gill and Nick ‘Ducko’ Ducat while Jess Farchione is on maternity leave, and Hit Queensland’s Guy “Cliffo” Clifton and Bronte Langbroek who are about to celebrate a year on air together but have been off their show socials since Friday.
It could be that there will be just one regional and networked Hit Breakfast show for NSW and Queensland with Newcastle and Gosford, and Townsville and the Gold Coast being amalgamated to further reduce SCA costs and staff.
With last week’s news of ARN and Anchorage Capital Partner’s proposed bid to takeover SCA, surely this reduction of staff and shows, which would likely have occurred anyway if ARN’s bid is successful, further makes the transition easier not harder for ARN.
The bid remains with the SCA Board which has to unanimously recommend the proposal before regulatory approvals from both the ACCC and ACMA, and a great many other terms and conditions might come into play.