Terry Hansen to exit Brisbane’s 97.3FM breakfast after 14 years citing ‘debilitating fatigue’

ARN and Nova’s 97.3FM Brisbane breakfast co-host Terry Hansen will depart the show in the coming weeks, he announced this morning.

Hansen, who has worked on the breakfast show since 2003, told listeners he’d been suffering from years of “debilitating fatigue” and needed to put his family and health first.

Hansen has been a co-host of the breakfast show since 2003

He said following an emergency which occured live on air last year, he was examined by the doctors.

“While being examined, I answered all the health questions the way I have previously on air – put on 20 kilograms in the last few years, a big few years for work and a tough time for our family.

“It rang just about every alarm bell for a middle-aged man and before you knew it, the senior doctor was down to talk to me. He was convinced that my arm was just swelling from a sprain, but he spoke about the three pillars of a parent’s self worth: work, family and yourself. And I told him that I had made a conscious decision to focus on the first two.

“He told me that in the process, I had compromised my health to a point that any serious challenge to it could result in ongoing health problems.”

Hansen went on to admit he’d been suffering from “debilitating” and “constant” fatigue for the past three to four years and while it was the nature of shift work, his family and health come first.

“My daughter told me that she would not take up her place in Melbourne if it meant that I had to keep working so hard. My wife, who is a brilliant and supportive woman, told me that she doesn’t think I can get myself right while doing such a big job.

“Therefore, a little while ago, I approached 97.3 FM management and asked to be released from my contract and leave radio. They were immediately supportive offering reduced hours and anything that might help me stay if I wanted to,” he said.

But Hansen said he couldn’t “half do” the show, noting it wouldn’t be fair on co-hosts Bob Gallagher and Bianca Dye.

“This won’t be the most brilliant financial or career decision I’ll ever make. And I thank my family for their support in this. And we’re better placed than many,” he said.

“This is a great job. 97.3 FM Brisbane audience is the best audience in Australia – because of your willingness to share your loves, frustrations, dreams and passion, to build the sort of lives for ourselves and our families that other cities can no longer squeeze out of their hustle and bustle.”

His departure will mark the second change to the Brisbane 97.3 FM breakfast line up in two years. In late 2016, former co-host Robin Bailey was axed from the show. She was later announced as co-host of Triple M breakfast in Brisbane.

Hansen has spent the past year and a half working with co-hosts Gallagher and Dye.

The show kicked off 2018 with a 10.8% audience share, placing third on the FM bandwidth in breakfast. The trio won survey two with an 11.9% breakfast slot share.

Mumbrella has approached ARN for comment.


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