Pacific Star Network has confirmed it had parted ways with Kevin Bartlett.
PNW chief executive Craig Hutchison confirmed that 1116 SEN had previously reached a mutual agreement with Bartlett and on-air colleague John Rothfield back in May 2019, that their drive show would not return in 2020.
It had been planned that the drive show would run until the AFL Grand Final eve, allowing time for a fitting farewell for Bartlett, but that decision has now been fast-tracked after receiving Bartlett’s resignation.
Hutchison said Bartlett had been one of the most influential figures in SEN’s history, being part of the inaugural line up when the station launched 15 years ago.
“KB has been an extraordinary part of the station’s history and was one of many who pushed through the early years to help drive SEN to the audience it has today,” Hutchison said.
“We respect his decision to call time early and thank him on behalf of all listeners for his energy and commitment to the station over the journey.
“We wish he and Denise every success in the future and thank them for their long and significant contribution.”
A new drive show will be announced soon, said Hutchison.
The changes in drive were a distraction of a radio ratings survey revealed 1116 SEN had recorded its best overall audience figures in six years.
1116 SEN has delivered the highest share of audience for five years, up to 4.5% for Breakfast with Garry and Tim (All People, 10+, Monday – Friday, 6am – 9am).
Pacific Star Network and Crocmedia chief executive Craig Hutchison said, “We’re at a great place on our sporting calendar, we’re just past the halfway point of the AFL and NRL seasons, the Australian cricket team are on the rise and Ash Barty has become everyone’s hero. 1116 SEN provides a platform for Melbourne’s sports fans to enjoy live coverage of their favourite sports, to join the sporting conversation 24 hours a day and for our partners to connect with fans.”