Merrick Watts: We won’t turn our colleagues into casualties

Highway Patrol: From left, Corbett, Watts and Schiller

Triple M’s new drivetime presenter Merrick Watts has promised that his show will not cause trouble for behind the scenes staff.

The comments came in an interview to promote next week’s launch of Merrick and the Highway Patrol on Triple M. Also on the team is Rachel Corbett and Julian Schiller.

In the interview with Mumbrella journalist Colin Delaney, Watts said: “I want the show to be a great show. Not to be the most famous show, not to be concerned or obsessed with ratings but to be a show that just wants to create great comedy.

“To be a really positive, fun work environment with no bullshit and no casualties. And when I say no casualties I mean nobody who is going to hurt staff, nobody who is going to make other people in the building’s jobs more difficult unnecessarily.”

Although he did not refer to anybody by name, Watts’ comments could be taken as a nod towards the upheavals for the staff at Southern Cross Austereo following Kyle Sandilands’ on air attack on News Limited journalist Alison Stephenson late last year.

A string of advertisers pulled out from the Today Network, and security at Southern Cross Austereo offices nationally had to be stepped up as the public backlash took place. SCA is the parent company of both the Today Network and Triple M.

From Monday – when Merrick and The Highway patrol goes to air – Watts and Sandilands will be broadcasting from the same building for the first time. Bad blood built up between the pair when Watts hosted Nova’s breakfast show putting him in direct opposition to the ratings-leading Kyle & Jackie O Show. Watts is joined by Corbett who previously hosted the drive slot with Paul Murray, and Schiller, formerly of Nova and the ABC.

Schiller added: “If you’re not consistent, if you do two great shows and three terrible shows because you’ve got other commitments, you’re going to photo shoots or you’re thinking about a television show you’re doing that night then they won’t come.”

Merrick and the Highway Patrol  launches on Monday. Going out nationally, the show will air from 4-6pm in Sydney and Brisbane, 6-8pm in Melbourne and Adelaide and the rest of the regional network, Localworks from 5-7pm.


  1. Rob
    21 Feb 12
    2:20 pm

  2. I really hope Merrick does well. He’s a talented, down to earth and a good bloke. I am neither a mate or radio station flunky..

  3. Kimba
    21 Feb 12
    2:23 pm

  4. Good luck guys.

  5. libby rhys-jones
    21 Feb 12
    2:32 pm

  6. Go Merrick….I’ll be listening to you! Have missed you clever (and silly) humour :)

  7. John Grono
    21 Feb 12
    2:50 pm

  8. Merrick’s a dead-average full-forward though. Mind you, he’s the only full forward I’ve seen who has marked in the goal-square, started his walk back towards the 50m line, and then decided to kick the ball back over his head and dobbed it! Yeah … funny bloke.

  9. Belinda
    21 Feb 12
    3:02 pm

  10. I was so so so excited to see Merrick back and I think it’s a great match : Triple M & Merrick – (edited by Mumbrella).

  11. Scarlett J
    21 Feb 12
    3:18 pm

  12. Forget Merrick, who is the bearded dreamboat? Spunk alert!

  13. Anonymous
    21 Feb 12
    3:50 pm

  14. …waiting for Sandilands to call Merrick a fat slut.

  15. north freo
    21 Feb 12
    6:55 pm

  16. …am wondering if these Sandilands references are seeking very cross promo?

  17. Logic
    21 Feb 12
    9:47 pm

  18. why is merrick so tense when not speaking. watching this with the sound off the guy can’t stop frowning, body language says a lot.

  19. Rob
    22 Feb 12
    10:06 am

  20. Photo wasn’t up when I first looked at this story or I missed it. I think you missed something too though Jimmy, the pic looks like a tip of the hat to Mad Max which for mine, hits its demo clean between the eyes.. “I am the rocker, I am the roller I am the I-a-fu5k1n -tolla” I wrote that purely for my own benefit it has no relevance really….

  21. Annabelle
    22 Feb 12
    12:23 pm

  22. @Logic I think you’ll find that frowning is more a habit than anything. I reckon they all have good synergy. The time spent together before the show starts has been very beneficial.