James Valentine replaces popular radio duo Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck on ABC Sydney Breakfast
Radio veteran James Valentine will replace Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck at ABC Sydney Breakfast.
The 60-year-old musician will take over the breakfast shift from Monday 13 December, after a long period in which he presents the afternoon time slot.
“I’ve enjoyed presenting afternoons for the past 20 years and I know I’m going to love breakfast,” Valentine told the departing hosts last week.
New Man: Radio veteran James Valentine (pictured in 2010) replaces Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck on ABC Sydney Breakfast
“I can’t wait to have a chance to talk to Sydney at the start of each day,” the saxophonist added.
Regular fill-in presenter Josh Szeps will take over from James.
The recast comes after two of ABC’s most renowned radio hosts, Buck and Harmer, revealed they would be stepping down from their roles.
The couple made the announcement earlier this month after hosting the public broadcaster’s popular breakfast radio show for four years together.
Resignation: Buck and Harmer announced they would resign earlier this month
The duo said they planned to “go high” for their final show on December 10.
“I hadn’t worked with Robbie, but the decision to bring us together for breakfast turned out to be inspired,” Harmer, 65, said of her partnership with Buck, 49.
“We got to know each other at the same time as the audience and it has grown into a fantastic on-air collaboration as well as a wonderful friendship.”
Buck, who has worked at ABC for 25 years and previously hosted the youth channel Triple J, shared Harmer’s feelings when he announced their departure.
Partnership: The duo said they planned to “go high” for their final show on December 10. “I hadn’t worked with Robbie, but the decision to bring us together for breakfast turned out to be inspired,” Harmer (pictured) said of her collaboration with Buck
“We’ve always enjoyed each other’s company and I think that’s what made the collaboration so good,” he said.
Buck added that he will return to national broadcasting in 2023 after taking some time off.
“I now plan to get away from the microphone for a year and see the world. It’s not a goodbye to the ABC,” he said.
He explained that the duo’s decision to step down had been made “a while ago.”
It’s not a goodbye to the ABC’: Buck added that he will return to national broadcasting in 2023 after taking some time off
ABC Breakfast Sydney is one of the most popular radio programs from the national broadcaster and the second most popular in Sydney’s highly competitive breakfast radio market.
In the most recent survey, ABC Breakfast Sydney achieved the highest ratings in years.
The last broadcast of Buck and Harmer is on Friday 10 December.
Popular: ABC Breakfast Sydney is one of the nation’s most popular radio programs. In the most recent survey, the show achieved its best ratings in years. Pictured: Harmer and Buck with former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian