Triple M Melbourne calls time on Eddie McGuire, Luke Darcy
Eddie McGuire and Luke Darcy won’t return to Triple M Melbourne breakfast next year.
After 11 years on-air, the Southern Cross Austereo-owned station has announced the Hot Breakfast will be replaced in 2021 with a new lineup to be “announced soon”.
In the most recent radio ratings, the show was down 0.9 points to 5.8%.
Launched in 2009, the show shaped a new era in breakfast radio with a talkback approach alongside Triple M’s signature mix of sport, rock music and comedy.
McGuire said he plans to replace the early starts with some time to “reflect and recharge” and, after a break, “have a look at what the next project for Triple M looks like” next year.
“I joined Triple M 32 years ago as a young journo and this year has been a year like no other for all of us. We found ourselves able to broadcast six hours a day and on weekends when COVID-19 hit.
“Whilst gruelling, it has also been a true honour and pleasure for us to be with Melbourne every step of the way and the most important year in our show’s history,” he said.
SCA’s plan to make a change in Melbourne was first speculated on Radio Today Tonight in early October, with former Nova star Marty Sheargold rumoured to be among the frontrunners.
SCA’s chief content officer Dave Cameron, and Triple M’s head of content Mike Fitzpatrick, both thanked McGuire and Darcy for “a wonderful 11 years in the toughest spot in radio”.
“Eddie has brought a unique insight into our city every day with Luke Darcy, Mick Molloy and Wil Anderson, they created one of the great breakfast shows of all time,” Fitzpatrick said.
“It’s been a pleasure and a highlight to work with this show and the incredibly talented people, both on and off-air, who’ve made it.”
Darcy will remain with Triple M as part of its AFL footy call team.