ABC Radio Perth’s Weekend Breakfast presenter Christine Layton moves into weekday Afternoons next year, taking over from Gillian O’Shaughnessy who announced her departure recently, after 10 years presenting the show.
Christine said she had “extra-large” plans for the show next year. “Afternoons arguably has the best audience so, pandemic-permitting, I want to take the ABC van out into the wild to meet as many of you as possible.”
Next year will also see the return of Breakfast co-hosts Russell Woolf and Nadia Mitsopolous, but with their own shows across the Breakfast and Mornings timeslots.
Early risers will be able to start their day with Russell from 5.00am each weekday followed by AM at 8.05am and a Mornings show presented by Nadia from 8.30am to 11.00am.
Veteran broadcaster Geoff Hutchison returns, driving you home from 3.30pm each weekday afternoon.
ABC Radio Perth Manager Sarah Knight said she was thrilled to have Christine Layton move to Afternoons.
She added; “Christine was ‘discovered’ by Russell Woolf eight years ago when she delivered some of our funniest Main Roads updates ever heard on the station. Christine will now bring her sense of fun and quirky humour to our afternoons.”
Knight said the decision to start Breakfast earlier and give Russell Woolf and Nadia Mitsopolous their own distinct shows was made to give audiences a more seamless flow through the morning with two voices they know and love.
She went on to say; “Russell will continue to entertain listeners with his unique insights into the daily life of Perth and as always, accompanied by his own great choice of music to start the day.
“Nadia brings to Mornings her 30 years of experience as a reporter in Perth. Each day she’ll take an incisive look at the state-wide agenda, speaking to those making the news and covering the breaking stories.”
Although the one-hour Focus program, presented by Jessica Strutt, will not be featured within Mornings next year, Knight said Jess’s fans had not heard the last of her on ABC Radio Perth.
“Jess has done an outstanding job presenting Focus over the past two years and we are keen for her to continue to have an association with the station into the future,” said Knight.
Jess said it had been “lovely to share some time together” over the past two years. “My warmest thanks to you, the ABC listeners and viewers, who also tuned in over a number of years as I brought you the latest on WA politics. It’s been an absolute privilege.”
Early Mornings presenter Barry Nicholls will start the year filling in on Overnights.
All of ABC Radio Perth’s other regular programs, including Conversations presented by Richard Fidler and Sarah Kanowski, Australia All Over, presented by Ian ‘Macca’ McNamara and Nightlife, presented by Phil Clark and Indira Naidoo return in 2021 along with the station’s regular line up of news and current affairs of AM, The World Today and PM.
The station’s 2021 line up returns on Monday 11th January, and will feature a new Saturday Breakfast presenter, who will be announced soon.