Hamish and Andy’s radio replacements revealed
THE biggest question in radio has finally been answered.
After months of speculation as to who will replace Hamish and Andy on radio next year, it's finally been announced.
Hughesy and Kate [Dave Hughes and Kate Langbroek] will move from KIIS FM to the Hit Network to replace Hamish and Andy when the boys leave radio at the end of the year.
The Project buddies, Carrie Bickmore and Tommy Little, are staying with the Hit Network and will host their national show from 3pm to 4.30pm next year with Hughesy and Kate then taking over from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.
"We are delighted one of radio's most enduring and hilarious duets, Hughesy and Kate, are joining our new Drive line up for 2018," the Hit Network's Head of Content, Gemma Fordham said in a statement.
"To be able to also confirm Carrie and Tommy, a show which just gets better and better, really does give the Hit Network and its audience the best of both worlds in 2018."
Bickmore and Little (who currently host a show from 3pm to 4pm on the Hit Network) were previously considered the favourites to step up and replace Hamish and Andy in drive next year but news.com.au understands that Bickmore couldn't make it work as she wasn't prepared to give up her role on The Project.
There was also talk late last week that Sophie Monk was going to be a part of the new drive show on the Hit Network. That didn't turn out to be the case but there's a fair chance that the Bachelorette will make a return to radio next year in some capacity. Watch this space.
So who will replace Hughesy and Kate when they move from KIIS FM (where they currently host the national drive show) to the Hit Network next year?
According to radio insiders, Hughesy and Kate were told last week by ARN (the company that owns KIIS FM) that their services wouldn't be required in 2018.
News.com.au understands their three-year contract had come to an end and ARN wanted to install a "younger" drive show to stand out from the other drive shows that will be on air next year: Nova's Kate, Tim and Marty and Triple M's Mick Molloy and Jane Kennedy.
As a result, ARN has announced that Will & Woody (Will McMahon and Woody Whitelaw) will host the national drive show on KIIS FM next year.
The two lads currently host the Hit 92.9 breakfast show in Perth.
But wait, there's more.
ARN has also announced that there'll be a new breakfast show in Melbourne on KIIS 101.1 FM next year.
Current hosts Matt Tilley and Meshel Laurie will be replaced in 2018 by Jason 'Jase' Hawkins and Polly 'PJ' Harding.