New hosts for key radio slots

Australian Associated Press

Sports broadcaster Jim Wilson has emerged as the new host of Sydney radio station 2GB's important drive-time spot.

He'll replace Ben Fordham who succeeded broadcast king Alan Jones in the breakfast slot earlier in June.

"Jim's rich and varied career and the tapestry of his life make him the perfect choice to take over the 2GB Drive slot," Tom Malone, Nine's Managing Director - Radio, said in a statement.

Wilson, who has been sports editor and leading presenter on the Seven television network, said he couldn't say no to the offer.

"Radio is a medium I love, and I'm thrilled to get the mic full time on Sydney's number one station, 2GB. It's a terrific stable and I'm ready for the next exciting chapter in my work life after more than 30 years in the industry."

Meanwhile, Russel Howcroft will join Ross Stevenson on Melbourne's number one breakfast program, taking over from John Burns who retires next month.

Howcroft, best known for his role as a panellist on the long-running ABC series Gruen, will team up with Ross Stevenson on Melbourne's No. 1 radio show from Monday, August 3.

"To be asked to join the king of radio, Ross Stevenson, each morning as one half of AW's award-winning Breakfast team is an honour and a delight," Howcroft said in a statement.

"I can't wait to jump in the chair, get the first cup of coffee into me and join in the daily chat that gets Melbourne talking and laughing."

The move to 3AW means Howcroft has resigned from his current position as Chief Creative Officer with PwC, a role he has held for the past three years.

Prior to that, Howcroft was executive general manager of Network Ten from 2013 to 2017.

Mark Levy will continue to host 4BC Drive while a search is finalised for a permanent host in Brisbane, Malone said.

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