Triple M’s Robin Bailey and One Nation leader Pauline Hanson have ripped into each other over the Senator’s controversial comments on banning the burqa. Audio: Triple M Brisbane?s Marto, Ed & Robin on 104.5 FM
Robin Bailey is part of Triple M’s breakfast show with Ed and Marto. Pic Mark Calleja
BRISBANE radio host Robin Bailey has had the last laugh after she was controversially dumped by 97.3 FM last year.
The popular host was with the station for 10 years before she was “blindsided” in November when her bosses said her contract would not be renewed.
“I genuinely did not see it coming,” Bailey told news.com.au today.
Not long after being pushed out the door, the radio host signed with opposition station Triple M and joined Greg ‘Marto’ Martin and Ed Kavalee on the breakfast show at the start of 2017.
Today the first radio ratings of the year were released and it couldn’t have gone better for Bailey.
Her old station, 97.3 FM, ended last year as the number one FM breakfast show in Brisbane. Triple M ended the year equal third.
But that’s not the case anymore.
Marto, Ed & Robin grabbed a massive 2.9 per cent extra audience share while 97.3 FM’s Bianca, Terry & Bob dropped 2.0 per cent in today’s results.
Former 97.3 brekkie host Robin Bailey with her new Triple M co-hosts, Ed and Marto. Picture: Liam KidstonSource:News Corp Australia
Bailey and her co-hosts leapfrogged her old station and the Triple M trio now have the second highest rated FM brekky show in Brisbane with 97.3 FM behind in third place.
It’s a case of sweet revenge for Bailey.
“I think that management made a decision [last year] and look what’s happened,” she said.
“I don’t want to stand here and throw mud at them, I really don’t want to give them that energy. “But I think when you don’t play nicely, things don’t go the way you want them to go. They’ve made their choices and look what’s happened.”
Bailey said she was “positively relieved” when she was told the news today and added that she never took it for granted that listeners would follow her to her new home at Triple M.
“Breakfast radio is very habitual and it’s a big deal for people to change their station. I didn’t for a second assume that I would [bring an audience over] but I got the result today and went, ‘that’s just frickin amazing’.”
Bianca Dye replaced Robin Bailey on 97.3’s breakfast show with Bob Gallagher and Terry Hansen. Picture: Tara CroserSource:News Corp Australia
Bailey said she’s “humbled” by the dedication of her fans whom she formed a particularly strong bond with in 2014 when her husband of 15 years took his own life after battling depression.
“You gotta understand, what I went through at that station [97.3 FM] with those people … it was so unique,” she said.
“I think because I came back on air after my husband died and because I chose to do the best I could as honestly as I could, that people connected with that, and I guess those people continue to care and some of them have come over to Triple M.
“That’s a bloody privilege and it does humble me every single day, it really does.”
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