Adam Spencer hangs up on 8 years
ABC 702's breakfast show host signs off with a five-hour love-in in front of a live audience at the ABC's Ultimo headquarters in Sydney.PT1M23S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2yvtj 620 349 December 6, 2013
ABC 702 has stormed home in the final radio ratings survey of the year with a two-point overall increase in audience share to 11 points, and a 2.6-point lift in the breakfast slot for outgoing presenter Adam Spencer.
Local radio manager Andy Henley declared it a “pleasing result” for breakfast, which ended up with 13.5 points overall, and backed in Spencer's replacement, Robbie Buck, to hang on to the audience.
“It's always hard taking over from a star like Adam but Robbie is a star in his own right, and a great broadcaster who will find his own audience,” he said.
Mixing it up after poor ratings ... Yumi Stynes (left) kept on at Kiis, while Sami Lukis makes way for Kyle and Jackie O.
Radio 2GB continued its dominance of the AM bandwidth, cementing its position in top slot in Sydney with 14.4 points, reigning supreme in breakfast at 17.2 points — up one point.
Meanwhile, Mix 106.5's decision to jettison duo Sami Lukis and Yumi Stynes was given even more justification when the station turned in a woeful 3.3-point result for the key breakfast session, down nearly one point on the last survey.
Mix 106.5 is re-branding as Kiis 1065 next year and drafting in the pulling power of the number one FM breakfast pair, Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O (Henderson), in a bid to turn its fortunes around.
“The Mix results highlight why we were so persistent in pursuing Kyle and Jackie O,” said station chief Duncan Campbell. “For us it is all about 2014 and the goal to have the number one and two breakfast shows in Sydney.”
Campbell said that while station owners ARN might “enhance” the show, the format would remain broadly the same as it was on 2Day FM.
He wouldn't be drawn on whether the scandal-plagued pair would be told by their new bosses to tone down their on-air antics.
“Kyle always chases a headline but I think the show has evolved over the years and it's certainly broader now than perhaps it ever has been in terms of appeal,” he said.
Over at DMG, owners of Nova 96.9 and Smooth FM 95.3, chief Paul Jackson insisted he was looking forward to taking on Sandilands and Henderson in their new home.
“We are the juggernaut they have to take on,” he said. “Bring it on, I say. We've got the numbers.”