Hot on
the heels of that fab news about changes at the top of
ABC radio with Mark Collier following true love out of the broadcaster and to
Canada comes news of possible movement on the contentious breakfast shift for
ABC local radio 702 in Sydney.


Trisha
Duffield

at present the ABC local radio brekkie announcer in
Brisbane (612 in
ABC local radio call sign parlance) is moving south.

Where
to, no one is saying, but ABC insiders say she’s the right sort of age and sounds
warm and throaty, much like Angela Catterns, who
triggered the confusion about the breakfast shift by jumping to Vega earlier in
the year.

The 702
breakfast gig is being handled by Sarah MacDonald at the moment in a pretty warm
and competent fashion. Her rival is Simon Marnie, the
equally warm and competent weekend breakfast and morning host, with a third,
unknown contender said to be in the frame.

It was
suggested that a decision would be known by now because Sarah MacDonald is
apparently about to go on leave. If the job isn’t filled, that might result in
yet another fill-in by Simon Marnie.

It was
also suggested that the third unknown person might be the dark horse, and then
news broke yesterday of the impending move south by Ms Duffield, to an as yet unidentified gig.

In
Brisbane 612 will see Spencer Howson replacing Ms Duffield in
breakfast: Steve Austin is off till the new year in
mornings and is being replaced by Madonna King, a move that has upset some ABC
types in Brisbane.

She’s
married to David Fagan, the editor of The Courier-Mail, and The Courier-Mail says
she will get the morning gig full time next year (how’s that from the horse’s
mouth) when Steve Austin moves to state-wide evenings.