Who are the frontrunners to replace John Burns on 3AW Breakfast?
After broadcaster John Burns revealed he’d be leaving 3AW Breakfast, the rumour mill is spinning as many try to predict who could join Ross Stevenson as Burns’ replacement.
Now executives face the challenge of hiring the right person to the shoes of Burns.
This appointment may prove more difficult, as many considered Fordham the natural and logical replacement for Jones after his historic run atop the Sydney radio ratings.
Ross & John have held the #1 Breakfast show in Melbourne for a whopping 147 consecutive radio surveys, and in 2020 they celebrate their 20th year on-air together.
The pair held a 17.3% share of listening in survey two this year, the last GfK survey to be conducted before the coronavirus forced radio ratings into hiatus.
By comparison, Jones rated 17.9% in his final book, a higher result than usual, no doubt influenced by COVID-19 driving listeners towards news-talk, and his retirement announcement.
For someone in a powerful position as Stevenson, you’d think he will make the final call on who joins him for Breakfast at the end of the day.
Ross & John are celebrating 20 years together
Some of the speculated names include Richard Stubbs, Stephen Quartermain, the ABC’s Glenn Robbins, Hamish McLachlan, and former Gold announcer Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann.
Some suggest Andy Lee from Hamish & Andy could be ready to take the plunge into talk radio, while Merrick Watts has been testing his chops on 2GB in recent times.
Former #1 Fox breakfast host Matt Tilley is considered a strong chance by some insiders. Another possibility is fellow ex-Fox announcer Dee Dee Dunleavy, who currently does Afternoons on 3AW, while Kate Stevenson or Alicia Loxley are considered outside chances.
Nine execs won’t be too concerned about losing ears after Burns departs, in that it’s a similar situation to replacing Jones. Ultimately, 3AW listeners don’t really have anywhere else to go, and one would assume that they won’t go to the ABC, which already rates 11.8% from the last survey.
Burns’ last day on-air is June 30, so expect an announcement fairly soon.