DMG ends Nova 969’s Merrick & Dools Breakfast Show

Nova 969’s Merrick & Dools Breakfast Show will go to air for the last time next Friday, dmg has announced.

Merrick Watts, who has hosted the breakfast show slot since the station’s inception 10 years ago, will remain at Nova along with co-host Scott Dooley, however their new roles have not been announced.

The ratings survey released this month saw the show’s share jump from 5.3% in the previous survey to 6.4%. Industry rumours suggested Sydney drive-time hosts Ryan Fitzgerald and Michael Wipfli (Fitzy & Wippa) would take over the show had it not rated well.   

Paul Jackson, dmg Radio group program director, told Mumbrella: “It’s not about an individual survey, we look at this over an extended period of time. We’re always thinking about what is the best output we can make and the best line-up we can put up.”

When asked to shed light on rumours of Fitzy & Wippa taking over, Jackson said: “The announcement will be made on Friday at 8. I can’t say anything before then.”

The announcement is one of six changes to the station’s Sydney breakfast show in just over three years.


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