Scoop: ARN parts ways with Breakfast duo Paul & Lise
UPDATE 01/07/2019: ARN has officially confirmed the departure of Paul & Lise.
The network announced that a review of 96FM’s strategy and direction mean that the current show won’t return after mid-year survey break.
“We would like to thank Paul and Lise for their contribution to 96FM and our Perth listeners over these past 18 months,” said ARN national content director Duncan Campbell.
“Since they started, the station has recorded its highest ever cumulative audience. Paul and Lise are talented professionals and we wish them well for the future.
“We’ll be announcing a new Breakfast show soon in line with our renewed strategy.”
Paul & Lise were quoted as saying; “We have had a great time at 96FM and are fully supportive of the new direction that the station’s taking and we wish 96FM much success.”
ORIGINAL STORY: ARN’s shakeup of 96FM Perth continues, with the station parting ways with Breakfast team Paul & Lise, according to multiple sources.
Paul Hogan and Lisa Fernandez have been in the slot since the end of 2017, when they replaced Carmen & Fitzi.
There’s been little turnaround in 96FM’s ratings since the change, with the show rating a 7.1% share of listening as of Survey #3 this year.
In the first survey of 2018, the show was rating 7.8%.
The move follows the appointment of Gary Roberts as managing director earlier this year.
Former Nova Adelaide host Shane Lowe was brought in to anchor the Breakfast show at the start of 2019, but the change has failed to deliver a ratings turnaround.
Rob McCasker took over as content director in late 2018, but had left the station by April.