Radio National begins its 2012 line up today

The ABC’s Radio National began its 2012 line up today with talent including Julian Morrow, Robbie Buck, Fenella Kernebone, Waleed Aly and more.

The announcement:

23 January 2012 New Line-up Broadcasts on RN Today
The 2012 RN schedule was launched on-air today with a mix of new and established voices.

Several new additions announced today include the technology program Download this Show with Marc Fennell and a new food show, First Bite with Michael Mackenzie.

Cameron Wilson will step into Bush Telegraph and the editor of ABC website The Drum Jonathan Green will present Sunday Extra while a permanent host is being finalised.

They will join newcomers Waleed Aly, Julian Morrow, Fenella Kernebone, Robbie Buck, Andrew West, and producers turned presenters including Sarah Kanowski, Lynne Malcolm, Cassie McCullagh and Jason Di Rosso amongst others.

Natasha Mitchell, Michael Cathcart and Richard Aedy are some of the names to take on new and refocussed programs while Fran Kelly, Geraldine Doogue, Robyn Williams, Norman Swan and Phillip Adams continue in their existing programs.

Kate Dundas, Director ABC Radio said “We know our listeners often move between our radio stations and so in thinking through the new RN schedule we have aimed to ensure maximum choice across our services.

“Wherever you are in Australia at any time of the day you should be able to hear a program on an ABC radio station or online that suits you.

“RN is a rich and vibrant part of that mix.

“We really want more people to discover and share its great programming,” Ms Dundas said.

Michael Mason, Acting Manager Radio National said the new schedule strengthens the station’s offering which will appeal to existing audiences and a new generation of listeners.

“We want to strengthen our role as the network for audiences who want a deeper understanding of the world, whether you’re 35 or 65,” Mr Mason said.

“RN will continue to offer quality broadcasting whether you’re tuning in or engaging online at a time that suits you through a smartphone, tablet or PC.

“The refreshed RN website also launched today makes accessing information easier and more pleasurable while reflecting the contemporary nature of the network.”

Mr Mason confirmed RN’s signature news, current affairs and analysis has been strengthened with an extended Breakfast and the new Drive program. Incoming hosts Waleed Aly and Julian Morrow have welcomed the chance to present the new live Drive program Monday to Thursday and Friday respectively at 6pm AEDT.

“A two hour show gives you the opportunity for both depth and breadth, which is really exciting,” Mr Aly said.

“It’s wonderful to have the chance to get our teeth into the day’s biggest stories wherever in the world they break, but we’ll also take the time to look at the bigger ideas and themes behind the issues.” Julian Morrow confirmed he’s looking forward to presenting RN Drive every Friday.

“It’s a formidable challenge to take over RN Drive on Fridays, but I’m confident I can undo all Waleed’s good work in just one day,” Mr Morrow said.

For further details including additional information about new programs like Download this Show and First Bite visit www.abc.net.au/radionational
For interviews with RN presenters or further information contact: Lisa Mackay-Sim
Tel: 02 8333 5414, 0477 306 780

Source: ABC press release


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