Audience bounce for new ABC host Sammy J

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ABC Radio Melbourne’s station manager Dina Rosendorff said she was “really pleased with the strong start to the year”.

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Elsewhere in the first radio survey of 2020, Nova’s Kate Ritchie, Tim Blackwell and Marty Sheargold recorded their best result in Melbourne drive to date. The trio’s audience share grew by 2.2 per centage points to 11.3 according to GfK, nipping at 3AW’s heels. Tom Elliot’s number-one drive program is sitting on an audience share of 11.6.

Paul Jackson, Nova’s chief programming and marketing officer, said it was a significant achievement given Kate, Tim and Marty is the longest-running national drive show on-air.

“They’ve often been second in Melbourne and this is the first time they’ve taken out the number one FM spot in drive,” he said. “We are delighted with their results.”

In breakfast, 3AW’s Ross Stevenson and John Burns shed 4.3 percentage points but remained number one in breakfast with an audience share of 15.9. Overall, 3AW commands the biggest slice of Melbourne’s radio listeners (13.3), followed by Gold (10.8) and Smooth (9.6).

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