Rove McManus replaces Dan and Maz on 2DAY

By James Cridland for
Posted 6 October 2015, 4.00am edt

Only ten months after they debuted on 2DAY FM breakfast in January, Dan Debuf and Maz Compton have been replaced on Sydney's 2DAY FM.

The new breakfast host, Rove McManus, 41, is an Australian stand-up comedian. For the last two years he's been presenting television programmes in the US for Comedy Central and the Game Show Network. He's not done radio on a regular basis for over ten years, and has never done a regular daily radio programme.

Dan and Maz will remain with the Hit Network lineup. Their previous show, the national drivetime slot, is now held by Hamish and Andy, who this week confirmed a new National Drive News Presenter, Emma Freedman, and a "new streamlined drive news service".

Only last week, Southern Cross Austereo were press-releasing a new social media service from Dan and Maz.

Shares in Southern Cross Austereo, 2DAY's owners, rose 2% on the news.

Press Release

The Hit Network’s 2DAY FM is delighted to announce that Australia’s favourite Logie winning comedian, ROVE McMANUS, returns to the nation’s favourite city, in an all- new breakfast show! Sydney-siders will, soon, (we’re not giving away all the details just yet!) get to hear ROVE back on our airwaves, this time without all the cameras, every morning 6-9am weekdays.

Guy Dobson, Executive Director – Metro Operations, Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) says: “Sydney needs a big show, with a big name and it doesn’t get much bigger than ROVE. We’ve got a superb plan in place to make sure the new show is everything you’d expect from one of Australia’s greatest entertainers. But...why would we tell you everything now? We’re holding some of the show-and-tell for later. Watch this space, all will be revealed very soon!”

Also today, we pay tribute to Dan and Maz, who’ve done an amazing job in the hot bed that is Sydney radio. Departing the Sydney spotlight, but not going too far, the talented duo will remain a very important part of the Hit Network line up.

Guy Dobson adds: “Dan and Maz are a fantastic radio show. We’re committed to continuing to nurture and develop their infinite talents. They’re definitely a show for the future and remain an incredibly important part of the SCA family.

We look forward to welcoming ROVE to the Hit Network and are confident he’ll add further strength to what is already Australia’s number 1 commercial radio network with 18-39s.”

On his return to Aussie entertainment, specifically, breakfast radio, ROVE says: “Sydney has been my Aussie home for a number of years now and I very happy to be making it a more permanent arrangement, even if it will mean waking at 4am.

The immediacy of radio has the same electricity of live television – anything can happen and the best shows are the ones that go off script but unlike TV you can eat while you work and who doesn’t want to work with the smell of fresh toast.”

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James Cridland — James runs, and is a radio futurologist: a consultant, writer and public speaker who concentrates on the effect that new platforms and technology are having on the radio business. He also publishes a free daily newsletter about podcasting, Podnews, and a weekly radio trends newsletter.

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