George and Paul move to 2GB as Macquarie considers Talking Lifestyle future

The veteran radio hosts have long been the backbone of 2UE on weekends.

2UE morning hosts who more recently became Talking Lifestyle network morning hosts George and Paul are taking their program to sister station 2GB.

The veteran radio hosts (one more of a veteran than the other) have long been the backbone of 2UE on weekends despite their timeslot moving around over the years.

Now listeners in Sydney only (or elsewhere via the internet) will hear George Moore and Paul B Kidd from 9am on Saturdays and Sundays on Sydney’s #1 radio station – 2GB. This timeslot change though comes with a number of advantages – bigger audience, a weekend sleep-in and fewer hours on air.

They told their listeners of the move on Saturday and, for the smallish Talking Lifestyle audience that may not have heard the news, Ray Hadley repeated it during his #1 morning show.

Both stations are owned by Macquarie Media, which only a week ago revealed a review of the Talking Lifestyle strategy after continued soft ratings.

Taking over the weekend breakfast show slot will be Mieke Buchan and Rob Duckworth who recently hosted summer breakfast in place of John Stanley and Garry Linnell.

Like the new Macquarie Media CEO Adam Lang, both Buchan and Duckworth spent time at SCA and Triple M. Buchan was part of the original lineup when Eddie McGuire first arrived at Triple M breakfast in Melbourne.

The strategies Macquarie Media is looking at include returning the network to easy listening music or perhaps moving to a sports format. Both options come with considerable challenges. Whatever plan is adopted, it is expected that the network would keep the John and Garry breakfast show. Both broadcasters have strong sports credentials if that skill is needed. Stanley is a regular on ABC TV’s The Offsiders while Linnell is a former sports editor of The Age.

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