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Hughesy & Kate confirmed for Hit Network drive in 2018

Less than 20 minutes after ARN confirmed the imminent departure of Hughesy & Kate, the Hit Network has announced a “formidable line up” for 2018 drive that includes Carrie Bickmore & Tommy Little from 3.00pm – 4:30pm, followed by Hughesy & Kate from 4:30 – 6:30pm.

In what SCA are calling “a radio first” the new extended drive show programming, with four of Australia’s most loved and entertaining personalities, will broadcast to all 43 Hit Network radio stations, reaching an unrivalled 4.6 million listeners each week (3 million metro and 1.56 million in regional Australia).

Carrie Bickmore and Tommy Little have already carved out a loyal audience of listeners with their natural chemistry and candour and have been a huge hit across the network since they started this year. Audiences have been loud and clear with their wish for more and the show will be extended by half an hour to 4:30pm.

Sensational talent duo Dave Hughes and Kate Langbroek are long-time friends and have enjoyed a radio partnership with unrivalled kinship and will be making their Hit Network debut in January 2018.

Gemma Fordham, Hit Network’s Head of Content said, “We are delighted one of radio’s most enduring and hilarious duets, Hughesy and Kate, are joining our new Drive line up for 2018.

“The commute home is when we let go, relax and leave the work day behind and the Hit Network is committed to entertaining all people on their way, whether it is at 3pm, 5pm or 6pm. To be able to also confirm Carrie and Tommy, a show which just gets better and better, really does give the Hit Network and its audience the best of both worlds in 2018,“

On the announcement, Grant Blackley, CEO of SCA said “I’m absolutely thrilled to welcome Hughesy and Kate to the SCA family. Both are consummate professionals and wonderful entertainers and will be a great addition to the Hit Network’s already strong national Drive line-up with Carrie and Tommy”.

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SC
9 Oct 2017 - 11:22 am

This makes total sense, if there is one thing that SCA has proven over the last 5 years is that they struggle to put together new shows.

So to change direction and buy established shows is a good move.

PJC
9 Oct 2017 - 1:18 pm

Fantastic move by SCA. Nabbing a show that is already #1 in Sydney and very competitive in other markets is a coup. Given Carrie’s history with H&K from the Nova years, a nice handover between both shows at 4.30 will set the Hit Network up for a very solid 3.5 hour Drive slot.

BB
10 Oct 2017 - 8:46 am

Without a doubt the most embarrassing radio move of the last 3 years.

Peter Johnson
12 Oct 2017 - 6:35 am

So they are paying big money for Hughesy and Kate to be on from 4.30-6.30??

It is amazing how little the SCA executives know about radio.

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