If it ain’t broke don’t fix it might be the prevailing wisdom of commercial radio, but it’s already too late for Triple J to follow such advice.
The national youth broadcaster saw its biggest bounce in almost two years in Tuesday’s Sydney radio ratings, increasing its overall audience share to 6.0 per cent (up 1.3 per cent). It marks the station’s best result since January 2018.
The positive result, however, comes as breakfast duo Ben Harvey and Liam Stapleton announced they were leaving the station to join Nova in Adelaide last month. The pair – whose final show took place on November 1 – will be replaced by Triple J’s current weekend afternoon hosts Sally Coleman and Erica Mallett, aka hip-hop duo Coda Conduct, in January 2020.
In what marks their final ratings survey for Triple J, Ben and Liam – who took over the station’s breakfast slot from Matt Okine and Alex Dyson in January 2017 – had their strongest showing in almost two years, increasing their audience share to 5.5 per cent (up 1.3 per cent). It’s their best result since survey 5 in August 2017, when they held a 5.9 per cent audience share.
There was minimal movement elsewhere in Tuesday’s ratings. 2GB, led by perennial mornings leaders Alan Jones and Ray Hadley, retained its streak as Sydney’s most-listened to station with a 13.3 per cent audience share (down 0.1), ahead of SmoothFM 95.3 (9.3 per cent, up 0.1) and Kiis 1065 (9.0 per cent, down 0.1).
The year’s penultimate survey took in ratings from August 18 to September 21 and September 29 to November 2.