Will Brian Carlton replace Dave Noonan on Triple M?

In radio, coincidence like this rarely happens.

On Monday we reported on Tasmania Talks presenter Brian Carlton’s inelegant departure from the Grant Broadcasters network after he was pulled off air barely seven minutes into his opening monologue.
In that report we mentioned: Although the official Grant media release (on Sunday) said that Carlton, based in leafy Launceston, was leaving for “personal reasons” there is a rumour that he’s heading to Triple M in Hobart, possibly as a replacement for the long serving Dave Noonan of the Dave Noonan Show with Al Plath.

We contacted Triple M and Grant Broadcasters for comment. Neither responded to our texts and emails. Brian Carlton did respond but refused to be drawn on what his next move might be after leaving Tasmania Talks.
However, by late Tuesday afternoon, Triple M parent, SCA, reportedly issued a low-key statement that after 25 years as the radio king of Hobart, the enormously popular “Noons” would not be returning in 2020. His last show is on Friday, not long before Carlton was scheduled to have left Grant’s. Or, at least, that was the plan before his Monday morning meltdown hastened his departure from a couple of weeks to a couple of minutes.
This, of course, may all be speculation based on a coincidence of timing. But then the local newspaper, the Hobart Mercury (subscription), reported yet another coincidence. Apparently, Hobart Triple M station manager Ally Bradley took a 200km trip to Launceston on Monday. If there was a reason other than to meet with Carlton, she wasn’t saying.

The Mercury understands Ms Bradley travelled from Hobart to Launceston on Monday afternoon.

When asked if there was any basis to rumours Carlton might be replacing Noonan at Triple M in Hobart, Ms Bradley told the Mercury the company was “just focusing on Dave” and would announce Triple M Hobart’s new breakfast show “in due course”.

Coincidence anyone? I guess we’ll find out in due course.

Peter Saxon



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