Mar 14, 2014

Media briefs: ACMA v 2Day … Insiders host … Monthly change …

CEO proposal will probably get up at MEAA ... Fran Kelly to Insiders, who'll replace on RN? ... Musical chairs at The Monthly ...

Kelly to Insiders, who’ll replace on RN? Fran Kelly is returning to the box. The Radio National breakfaster will take the reins of Insiders for a few months of Sundays, with current host Barrie Cassidy heading off on long-service leave. Kelly takes over on April 27; Cassidy won’t be back until August 10. In a statement, Kelly said, naturally, she’s looking forward to the sleep-ins. She’ll shift from Sydney to Melbourne, home of the Insiders‘ couch, for the period.

But who’ll take over her gruelling Radio National slot? There’s been listener upset in the past over fill-ins during Kelly’s time away — particularly John “Roy Slaven” Doyle — but the job will probably go to Kelly’s offsider James Carleton or RN Sunday host (and ex-Crikey editor) Jonathan Green. The ABC told Crikey it’s not “in a position to announce a replacement just yet”. — Jason Whittaker

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3 thoughts on “Media briefs: ACMA v 2Day … Insiders host … Monthly change …

  1. stephen Matthews

    Roy Slaven hosting the RN breakfast slot have to be kidding ABC!
    he’s a comedian who on a previous RN gig refused to take the role seriously .

    James Carlton is most worthy ..and in some respects would be an improvement n ms Kelly who takes herself too seriously .

  2. Russell

    @ Stephen Mathews. John Doyle (Slaven) hosted a ABC radio afternoon show for 5 or 6 years in the early 90s, very successfully. It took a while for listeners to “get” his style, but it was a success for both the ABC, and Sydney during that time. He seemed a little rusty with the format on RN Breakfast tho last year, and it didn’t work as well…

    On The Monthly and Schwartz’s “fledging Saturday Paper”, I do hope Crikey’s media writers keep an eye on how that’s going (I’m sure they will!). After reports of sold-out first editions, I saw large piles of the second one still on sale in the newsagents of Sydney’s inner west as late as yesterday (thursday).

    Inner West is left wing-heartland. If its po-faced front page (“Flames of Greed”) doesn’t hit the mark there, will it anywhere?

  3. AR

    Please, not Richard jnr – he’s, barely, adequate at a papers synopsis but host/interviewer/interrogator – sorry, ABC (Anyone But Carleton).
    Green is good but I’d hate to lose him fro Sunday Extra.
    John Doyle was always perfect in the afternoon but surprised me with his incisiveness during his ‘fill-ins’.
    I believe Trioli wont leave Mexico for personal reasons but that is no reason why she couldn’t do AM. PLEEEEEZ

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