As expected, Tom Elliott will take the reins on 3AW Drive from outgoing Derryn Hinch.
As forshadowed in our earlier story, 3AW General Manager Shane Healy said he believed Tom Elliott would successfully take the timeslot in a ‘slightly different direction’, by remaining as a current affairs program with a broader array of content, when speaking with Neil Mitchell.
”We want to keep positioning 3AW to be the best station in Australia. Not just now, but in three, five and ten years’ time,” he said.
Healy said the station took the opportunity to make the change while Derryn Hinch was still healthy and performing strongly in the timeslot, rather than waiting until the move was forced.
“We’re not going to sit on our hands and just remain where we are,” he said.
It is suggested that the change will also see the program move to three hours.
A former Melbourne community radio manager has told radioinfo: “He’s a good radio talent. People may have forgotten he was a regular on 3RRR breakfasters show. He’s a natural for radio. Finance and business is his thing… he’s the son of John Elliot, but that’s not his fault.”