NZME has confirmed plans to replace The Hits breakfast hosts Brodie and Fitzy with comedy duo Jono and Ben as the show expands into Canterbury.
Jono Pryor and Ben Boyce, who left rival radio network MediaWorks last year, will take over The Hits Breakfast starting in April, when the show will also be broadcast to Christchurch, Kaikoura, Ashburton and Timaru.
Brodie Kane shared a message to fans on behalf of herself and Dave “Fizty” Fitzgerald today.
“Fitzy and I have loved waking up with the people of Christchurch every morning for the past two years, and while we will miss the yarns, laughs and banter, we have absolutely no doubt that will continue with two incredibly talented broadcasters in Jono and Ben,” she wrote.
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The pair will leave The Hits Breakfast in March but are understood to still be in talks about other potential opportunities with NZME.
Auckland-based Hits breakfast hosts Toni Street and Sam Wallace will move to a new morning show at Coast alongside Jason Reeves, while their current co-host, Laura McGoldrick, will move into an afternoon presenting role at The Hits.
Only a handful of national brands maintain a local schedule. Most South Island regions have their own unique programming on The Hits, before the drive show starts at 3pm.
The other national brands to host local programming are NZME’s Newstalk ZB and MediaWorks’ More FM and The Breeze.
Between 9am and 3pm, many regions across New Zealand have their own unique show on The Hits. Those shows will continue.