Dave Hughes and Ed Kavalee are set to tackle the toughest gig in Australian radio next year, according to industry rumours.
News.com.au understands the duo, who currently host the national drive show on the Hit Network from 5-7pm weekdays, will host the 2Day FM breakfast show in Sydney in 2021.
And they’re set to get a new co-host with insiders suggesting it will be Channel 9 presenter Erin Molan.
Molan is no stranger to the Hughesy and Ed show. She appeared on air with them in October to discuss the pros and cons of Botox.
News.com.au understands Hughes will be moving from Melbourne to Sydney for the new gig.
The void left by Hughesy and Ed in the afternoons will be filled by Carrie Bickmore and Tommy Little who currently host a national show on the Hit Network from 3-5pm weekdays.
TOUGHEST GIG IN RADIO
Hughes, Kavalee and Molan will have their work cut out for them next year if the rumours are true.
The 2Day FM breakfast slot has been dubbed “the poisoned chalice” of radio ever since Kyle and Jackie O defected to KIIS FM at the end of 2013 and took the majority of their listeners with them.
2Day FM then cycled through six different breakfast shows in six years, all of which failed to lift the station’s ratings.
The breakfast line-ups that have failed on 2Day FM since 2014 are:
2014: Merrick Watts, Jules Lund and Sophie Monk with Mel Brown
2015: Dan Debuf and Maz Compton
2016: Rove McManus and Sam Frost
2017: Em Rusciano and Harley Breen
2018: Em Rusciano, Ed Kavalee and Grant Denyer
2019: Grant Denyer, Ed Kavalee and Ash London
The most recent breakfast show, Grant, Ed and Ash, was axed in August last year.
At the time, the head of the Hit Network, Gemma Fordham, told news.com.au: “I know there’s been a lot of shows and we’ve obviously got it wrong with each of our attempts, not through a lack of those people being talented on each occasion and not through a lack of people working their arses off,” she told news.com.au. “But ultimately we have to look at what the audience are telling us and where we see the opportunity.”
After that show was axed, 2Day FM has been playing music in the breakfast slot ever since.
2Day FM’s breakfast slot currently has a measly 3.5 per cent audience share. That’s a long way behind FM leaders Kyle and Jackie O on KIIS FM (10.7 per cent), Smooth FM’s Bogart and Glenn (8.5 per cent) and WSFM’s Jonesy and Amanda (8.3 per cent).