A popular radio duo who presented a breakfast show in Canberra for six years were reportedly locked out of their studio on Friday after their show was abruptly axed.
Hit Network presenters Ned Breward and Josh Torney, aka Ned and Josh, did their radio show as normal on Friday – only to be later told it was their final gig, reports the Canberra Daily.
While the pair have not released an official statement, they have removed all Hit FM 104.7 branding from their social media profiles.
The pair’s show profile has also been removed from the 104.7 home page.
An insider said the duo were blindsided by the decision, which came shortly after they presented their Friday show as usual.
‘Changes have been made on the Hit 104.7 Breakfast Show with current duo Ned and Josh finishing up on the station after a six-year tenure,’ a spokesperson said.
‘Management acknowledges and thank them for the role that they have played in the Canberra community over their time, and wish them well for continued success in their future endeavours.’
Ned and Josh had hosted the popular breakfast slot on the Canberra station for almost six years after joining the network in December 2017.
Their shock dismissal comes amid reports the Hit Network has axed several of its major stars from four of its regional radio stations on Australia’s east coast.
Included in the upheaval are popular 90.9 Sea FM Gold Coast team Bianca, Ben & Lakey, Newcastle Hit 106.9’s breakfast trio of Nick, Jess and Dicko and Cliffo and Bronte from Hit Queensland in Townsville.
The news comes after Hit stars Maz Compton and Matty Baseley from 101.3 Gosford announced last week that they would not be back on the network in the new year.
The Hit Network, which is owned and operated by Southern Cross Austereo has not confirmed any new plans.
A spokesman from SCA did release a statement to industry blog Mediaweek, confirming that Danny Lakey will be staying with Hit’s Gold Coast station and be on air next year with a new breakfast team.
Meanwhile, RadioInfo reports that there is speculation that the Hit stations in Newcastle, Gosford, Townsville and the Gold Coast will amalgamated to reduce costs.