ARN starts to shake up its Melbourne Kiis station dumping breakfast presenter Jane Hall

Jane HallThe Australian Radio Network has announced Kiis101.1 breakfast host Jane Hall will not return in 2016 in what is thought to be a broader shakeup at the struggling Melbourne station.

While its Sydney counterpart is regularly at the top of FM charts Kiis’s offering in Melbourne has struggled since it rebranded at the beginning of the year with ARN management telling Mumbrella earlier this week that there would be change before year end.

Tuesday’s ratings survey had Kiis in Melbourne at sixth in the city with Duncan Campbell national content director declaring: “We are disappointed with Kiis in Melbourne, we are number two with Gold but the Kiis101.1FM has failed to really perform to expectations this year.”

“We have put in place plans that will unfold and execute as we get ready for 2016. I am confident that in 2016 KiisFM will perform much better than it has done.”

The performance of Melbourne's FM stations this year

The performance of Melbourne’s FM stations this year

Hall hosted the breakfast show with Matt Tilley, who will remain in the breakfast role. In the last survey their show was down 1.3 points to an audience share of 5.7 per cent. Overall the station was also down 1.3 points to 5.9 per cent.

ARN claimed the move had been long planned but added that it was not yet in a position to announce the new breakfast presenter.

“Several months ago Jane let us know that she would like to take time out personally next year and also return to acting,” said Campbell, in a statement. “Since then, we’ve been planning her replacement to work alongside Matt Tilley. This person has now been confirmed and we will be announcing in the coming weeks.”

Hall said: “I have made this decision for several reasons, not the least of which is my desire to be more present on the home front, especially with the teenage years fast approaching.

“I am, and always will be, enormously grateful to ARN and to radio pro Matt Tilley for the faith they’ve showed in me, for the amazing opportunity to learn about radio and for the support they have demonstrated during this process.”

ARN said more announcements will be made in the coming weeks.

Nic Christensen 


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