Marty Sheargold taking ‘extended break’ from Triple M show

The host of Triple M’s Melbourne breakfast show, Marty Sheargold, is taking an extended break from work, saying in a statement on Thursday that he is “exhausted mentally” from his many commitments.

Sheargold was missing from his show last week, with anchor Troy Ellis and Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann filling in for him.

“I just wanted to let people know that I’ll be taking an extended break from work, with the very kind and compassionate permission of my employers, who have been generous in their understanding of my need for a break,” Sheargold said.

“I think it’s important for people like myself who have a public voice to admit that I am exhausted mentally from my range of commitments across TV, radio and live shows, in an attempt to continue to remove some of the roadblocks and stigma around mental health,” he continued.

“I need to set aside some time to get my work/life balance back into something that feels better than it has over the last couple of years. Thank you to everyone who has reached out, your support has been welcome and enriching.”

In the latest GfK Radio 360 results for Melbourne, Sheargold’s breakfast show clinched 5.8% share in market, while the Triple M network had 12.4% overall.

In the latest streaming figures, Sheargold’s show had 4.4% in breakfast, while Triple M secured 5.1% overall streaming share.

Dave Cameron, chief content officer at Southern Cross Austereo (SCA), Triple M’s parent company, said: “SCA continues to support Marty’s request for personal leave to spend time with his family, and we look forward to having Marty back on Triple M soon.”

Earlier this week, SCA’s biggest competitor ARN, alongside private equity firm Anchorage Capital Partners, made a shock mid on the company to acquire 100% of its fully dilated share capital.

ARN has proposed a “focused” metro radio network across the major Australian cities, each to feature a KIIS and Triple M brand. With Triple M’s broadcast portfolio including sporting rights, the move from SCA could mean serious commercial opportunities for ARN.


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