Melbourne Mix Breakfast Duo Sacked

Anthony Stavrinos

The good folk at Mix 101.1 in Melbourne are
remaining tight-lipped but looks like breakfast duo Jane Marwick
& Paul Holmes have been given the boot.

“They’re not here anymore,” a Mix spokeswoman told Crikey,
adding that only the station’s general manager Steve Smith, could elaborate.

According to a radio industry insider, the move is
part of a 2006 campaign by new ARN programming head honcho Brad March –
formerly of Austereo – to fix Mix.

It’s understood the pair were half way through a two
year contract stint at the station and that Holmes may still be retained in
some capacity by ARN.

The ARN website, which usually lags in its updates,
has no mention of the pair today.

However, according to radio industry website Radioinfo, in
December, the website had claimed: “Jane & Paul are
currently taking a break, but are back on-air
January 16th 2006.”

Even after they went on holidays last month the station
broadcast a ‘best of’ series for a week and the pair were expected to be back
on air today.

Talented presenter Simon Diaz, identified as one of the
network’s rising stars who hosted the drivetime shift, has now been moved to
fill the breakfast void and is likely to remain.