Mix FM ditches McKenney and Kruger from breakfast show

Mix FM has pulled the plug on its struggling breakfast show, confirming the end of its Sonia Kruger and Todd McKenney partnership after less than two years.  

The pair began their show in January 2008, but have failed to make ratings inroads. They were one of the first programming moves following the appointment of Anthony Fitzgerald as ARN’s Sydney general manager in August 2007. As well as Mix, ARN also owns Sydney stations WSFM and The Edge.

McKenney and Kruger are both currently best known for their roles as judge and presenter on Seven’s Dancing With the Stars.

In the latest set of figures – released on Tuesday – the show had a share of just 3.3%.

In a statement, ARN said:

“After consultation with Sonia and Todd a mutual decision has been reached and they will be moving on from ARN to pursue their careers elsewhere. The current breakfast team of Ange, Jamie and Christo would continue to host the program until further notice.”

Fitzgerald said: “As the Network will not be renewing the contracts of Sonia and Todd for 2010, we wish them both well in the future and thank them once again for their contribution.”

He said that McKenney will depart immediately “to pursue other opportunities”, while Kruger will stay on contract until the end of the year.

The move does not appear to have been long planend. The station website is still promoting the pair broadcasting live from Crowne Plaza Terrigal on the Central Coast next week.


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