amplifyCBR’s announcement that Skyfire is returning next year wasn’t the only big news on the Canberra radio grapevine last week.
Sources informed Region that amplifyCBR “without warning or reason” informed breakfast hosts Ned and Josh that they had completed their last show for Hit 104.7 on Friday (27 October).
The source claimed the hosts, Ned Breward and Josh Torney, were locked out of their office and advised via email they had recorded their last show.
Sources within amplifyCBR contacted members of the media to say that this has been “the worst day in amplify history”.
“These guys didn’t even know that Friday was their last show,” one said.
They were seen entering the building for a meeting with another radio colleague, and on their way out, a generic email was sent telling staff they were not allowed to say anything.
amplifyCBR confirmed the duo had finished up their time at the station.
“Changes have been made on the Hit 104.7 Breakfast Show with current duo Ned and Josh finishing up on the station on Friday 27 October 2023 after a six-year tenure,” a spokesperson for the station said on Monday (30 October).
“amplifyCBR management acknowledges and thanks Ned and Josh for the role that they have played in the Canberra community over their time, and sincerely wish them well for continued success in their future endeavours.
“An announcement regarding the new local show line-up for Hit 104.7, commencing in January 2024, will be made this week.”
Ned and Josh have been removed from the amplifyCBR website, which now redirects to the homepage.
The duo have removed any references to Hit 104.7 from their own social media pages. Hit 104.7 has done the same on Monday morning.
Ned and Josh first launched their breakfast show in December 2017, taking over from Ryan and Tanya.
Between them, they have previously hosted radio shows in NSW, South Australia, Tasmania, Queensland and Western Australia.
According to the latest Canberra radio ratings, Ned and Josh’s show was the third most listened to in the breakfast slot, after Kristen and Nige on Mix 106.3 and ABC’s Canberra Breakfast with Adam Shirley.
Between July and September 2023, Ned and Josh increased their listener share from 12.5 per cent to 13.5 per cent.