ABC Radio Sydney has announced that Afternoons presenter James Valentine will be taking over as host of the station’s prime Breakfast slot in 2022, replacing current hosts Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck, who announced they would not be returning next year.
Valentine said he was honoured to be stepping into the top Breakfast job. “When I first worked at the station in the mid-’90s, it was Clive Robertson, then Phil Clarke, with Andrew Olle on afterwards. Angela Catterns, Adam Spencer, Wendy and Robbie – that’s a legacy to build on and I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity,” he said.
“I’ve loved presenting Afternoons over the past 20-plus years and I know I’m going to love doing Breakfast. I can’t wait to have a shot at talking with Sydney at the start of each day.”
— ABC Sydney (@abcsydney) October 7, 2021
ABC Radio Sydney manager Melanie Withnall said the ABC has a “strong line-up” of talent when it comes to on-air presenters. “Our presenters for next year are well-known and well-loved and are all capable of delivering entertaining, informing and, at times, surprising content.”
Outgoing host Harmer was quick to congratulate Valentine on Twitter, with the post, “Our @abcsydney listeners thrilled with @Valentine702 taking over the brekkie shift @robbie_buck and I have loved for the past four years when we finish up Dec 10 100’s of messages of congrats and wishing him well! Woo Hoo!!”
Our @abcsydney listeners thrilled with @Valentine702 taking over the brekkie shift @robbie_buck and I have loved for the past four years when we finish up Dec 10.
100’s of messages of congrats and wishing him well!
— Wendy Harmer (@wendy_harmer) October 8, 2021
ABC Radio Sydney made an announcement of Valentine’s new position on their Instagram account early Friday morning.
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Fans were quick to comment on the post, sharing their bittersweet reactions to the announcement with one writing, “Congratulations but noooo – I will miss afternoons!!!”
“This is the best radio news in a long time!” said another. “Looking forward to the new breakfast show.”
“Dream team,” one added. “Mornings and afternoons sorted.”
“Will miss Wendy and Robbie! But happy for James,” added another.
Valentine moves to Breakfast on Monday, December 13, having taken his Afternoon show to the top spot in ratings recently.