ARN confirms Kyle and Jackie O for ‘new station’

Kyle and Jackie O will move to a new station on the Australian Radio Network in 2014 where they will continue to host the breakfast show, the ARN has confirmed.

The announcement arrived moments after Kyle Sandilands and Jackie Henderson wrapped up their last show on Southern Cross Austereo’s 2DayFM this morning, having announced their departure from the station earlier this month.

Their move to ARN has been widely speculated, with Mumbrella revealing on Monday creative work for the launch campaign being developed by creative agency Joy in view of passers by.

There has been no confirmation of what will happen with current breakfast hosts Sami Lukis and Yumi Stynes on ARN’s with the pair, who only started in January, signing off today’s show thanking listeners for “a wonderful year”.

Kyle and Jackie O have dominated the FM radio ratings in Sydney in the breakfast slot consistently claiming first place, although ARN stablemates on WSFM, Jonesy and Amanda, have consistently closed the gap on their rivals.

Whilst ARN has not yet confirmed what Mix FM will be renamed, it is widely believed to be Kiis FM, which is a brand operated by ARN part-owners Clear Channel in the US.

The announcement:

After months of speculation, and in a bold move destined to shake up Australia’s media industry, Kyle Sandilands and Jackie Henderson (known as Kyle & Jackie O) will have a new home in 2014 at Australian Radio Network (ARN).

Sydney’s #1 FM radio show for 51 consecutive surveys, Kyle and Jackie will be part of an all-new ARN station on Sydney’s 1065.

ARN’s Chief Executive Ciaran Davis says of the new appointments, “Kyle and Jackie are one of the world’s biggest radio shows, and are joined every day by the world’s biggest stars. It’s unprecedented to have the country’s #1 radio team move networks to create a brand new station and we couldn’t be happier that they’ve made this switch with us.

“ARN are all about retaining and attracting the best talent. We have some of Australia’s strongest on-air talent across the network nationally and now with Kyle and Jackie on 1065 and Jonesy & Amanda on WSFM, we have the two best breakfast shows in Sydney. After several years of continual growth, this is another step forward in our plans, and while we’re now in the best possible place to take out the #1 and #2 FM positions, it’s the listeners and advertisers who will be the clear winners.”

National Content Director Duncan Campbell continues, “Kyle and Jackie are immense talent with a huge and loyal fan base who are going to be thrilled to be waking up with their favourite presenters on a new, energetic and entertaining station next year. It’s a fresh start and Kyle and Jackie are equally excited to be joining us.”


In Australia, ARN’s dual brand strategy of MixFM and Classic Hits reaches Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane. Entertaining and influencing over 4 million listeners, ARN is one of the leading broadcasters in the commercially important 25-54 demographics in Australia.

ARN also recently launched the world’s fastest growing digital service, iHeartRadio, to the Australian market. iHeartRadio is the only digital music service that combines custom music and live radio, covering 1000 live radio stations across all ARN, New Zealand’s TRN and Clear Channel’s US stations. Early take up of the service in Australia has exceeded expectations.


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