Ten’s Matt White and Matty Johns join SEN in Sydney

Ten’s former head of sport, Matt White, has joined radio station 1170 SEN in Sydney, ready for its launch later this year. reporter Katie Brown will also join the station to report on sport during the breakfast program with Andrew Voss. Former NRL player Matty Johns has also joined the station and will host breakfast on Fridays. Bryan Fletcher and Joel Caine will host drive and Jimmy Smith evenings.

White joins with more than 30 years experience, having covered a number of Olympic and Commonwealth Games, Supercars and Formula 1, Australian Opens, US Open Golf and many other events.

He was most recently head of sport at Ten, where he worked for 16 years before being cut earlier this year in a round of redundancies. White also spent ten years at Seven. He said he was excited to continue his sports reporting with SEN.

“As a sports lover, I’m thrilled that 1170 SEN is coming to Sydney and even more thrilled to be part of the line-up. Radio is a two-way conversation and I can’t wait to bring mornings alive with sport, sport and more sport,” White said.

Former NRL star Johns will host Friday mornings from 9am to noon, as well as an hour on Monday mornings during Breakfast with Vossy. He thanked SEN CEO Craig Hutchinson for the gig.

“When Hutchy first approached me, he offered me 9am – 12noon Mondays – but I said I wasn’t interested. It’s hard to justify having a beer at that time on a Monday… but Fridays… well that’s different, so I said yes!” Johns said.

“I love radio, but after eight years of breakfast shifts, I needed a break. The lure of a 24/7 sports station with a proven track record, plus the opportunity to join a team of this calibre, was too good to refuse.”

Johns was a host of Triple M’s breakfast show – The Grill Team – for eight years and a regular commentator for The Footy Show. He also hosts The Matty Johns Show on Fox Sports.

Hutchison said Johns would bring something truly special to the station.

“It’s ‘game on’ for SEN in Sydney – we’re absolutely pumped that Matty will be joining us and rapt that he has chosen our platform for his much-awaited return to radio,” Hutchison said.

“Matty has a rare and rich connection with audiences and is one of the best creative minds in the business. He’s a respected former player, media identity, brilliant host and born entertainer – there’s no doubt he’ll bring the ‘E’ for entertainment to SEN and we couldn’t be prouder that he’s now on our team,” Hutchison said.

Hutchison thanked Fox League for their support of Johns’ return to the airwaves.

Brown made a name for herself first as a reporter and host of Inside NRL, and then as a player – making her debut at age 28 for the South Sydney Rabbitohs. She said she was rapt to be part of something new.

“I love to take on new challenges and am excited to bring all the breaking footy news to listeners each morning with Vossy on SEN,” Brown said.

SEN, part of ASX-listed Pacific Star Network (PNW), acquired the 2CH 1170 AM radio licence in June this year and plans to continue Classic Hits 2CH on DAB+ and via live streaming on the app and web.

Last month, SEN launched its dedicated racing station SENTrack 1539 and DAB+ into Sydney with acclaimed racing broadcaster Andrew Bensley to host its morning show from December.


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