Perth radio ratings: 96FM jumps in breakfast despite Fred Bottica mid-survey departure

The sudden change-up of its breakfast talent in the middle of GfK’s second radio ratings survey did not negatively impact ARN’s 96FM, which has gained 1.5 points to land on a 10.4% share.

It was announced in March that stalwart Fred Botica would be leaving his post as co-host of the network’s breakfast show with Lisa Shaw and return to retirement. Bottica’s last broadcast was on 12 March, mid-way through the second survey period which ran from 7 February to 3 April. In his place, ARN pulled Dean ‘Clairsy’ Clairs out of his own brief retirement from radiopreviously the host of rival show on Mix 94.5 from 2001 until late last year.

96FM The Bunch, with Clairsy & Lisa

Botica and Shaw returned to 96FM’s breakfast slot in 2019, taking over from Paul Hogan and Lisa Fernandez’ ‘Paul & Lise’ program which was cancelled during the mid-year survey break. The pair soon returned the network to the top position in breakfast for the first time since 2013 in the second last survey of 2020.

96FM landed on a 10.7% overall share, an increase of 0.9 points from the previous survey.

Leading the charge in breakfast was Nova 93.7 which slipped by 0.3 points to hold a 14.9% share. Nova held steady in the second survey of the year, also keeping its lead in drive on 15.2% and overall with a 13.3% share.

Perth Radio Ratings – survey two [click to enlarge]

It was also a positive survey for SCA, with Mix 94.5 – now part of the Hit Network – and the newly launched Triple M Perth both building their audiences in the market.

Mix 94.5’s new-look breakfast show, Pete, Matt and Kymba, added 0.2 points to its share after grabbing 1.2 points in the previous survey. The trio maintained their position as second in breakfast, landing on a 12.2% share.

Meanwhile, the Triple M Perth breakfast team of Basil Zempilas, Xavier Ellis and Jenna Clarke gained a promising 0.7 points to draw 8.4% share after experiencing a 1.3 point drop in their debut survey. Over in drive, Mick Molloy’s syndicated broadcast also improved, taking 0.5 ratings points to reach an 8.8% share.

Overall, Mix 94.5 held steady on 12.6%, while Triple M landed on 8.2% with a 0.2 point increase.

In further recent changes in Perth, Nine Radio’s 6PR gained 1.1 points in breakfast thanks new host Gareth Parker, who was moved to breakfast from the morning slot after the departure of Zempilas from the network.

The gain at 6PR is ABC’s loss. The station reported a 1.1 percentage point drop taking it down to 7% in People 10+ category.


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