Triple J Announces New ‘Drive’ Hosts, More Departures

Triple J announced last month that The Doctor, aka Lindsay McDougall, would be “fucking off” from the station for good, intent on pursuing other interests. Today, the national youth broadcaster has announced longtime weekend hosts Veronica & Lewis as McDougall’s replacement.

The pair, Veronica Milsom and Lewis Hobba, have a long history with the ABC, appearing not only in their Weekend Breakfast and recent Weekend Afternoon roles on triple J, but also appearing on TV as guests on Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell, Backseat Drivers, Spicks & Specks, The Chaser’s Media Circus and SBS’s The Feed.

Another new addition to triple j’s A-list roster comes in the form of Joshua Merriel, taking over from Stu Harvey as the voice of the Js punk and hardcore program Short.Fast.Loud. Stu Harvey is the founding presenter of Short.Fast.Loud and has been presenter of the program for the last 11 years. Josh has been presenting mid dawns on triple j for the past two years.

Also stepping down are Rosie Beaton and Fenella Kernabone. Beaton is presenter of triple j Unearthed and has been a triple j regular since the late ’90s, presenting Unearthed for the last three years. Kernabone is best known as host of the station’s Sound Lab program and has been with the station for the last 11 years.

Also announced today are some programming changes to Double J. Caz Tran’s Saturday Mornings show moves to Saturday Afternoons, and Tim Shiel’s show Something More will also be broadcast on Triple J on Sunday night’s, in place of Kernabone’s Sound Lab.

Last month it was announced that McDougall would be exiting his role as Drive presenter to pursue other interests. “I’m not selling out to Nova, Triple M or Fox,” he said at the time. “I just want to sit down and drink some beer, maybe spend some time on my musical career.” McDougall is lead guitarist in lauded Aussie punk band Frenzal Rhomb.

The station has previously indicated they will throw a send-off for The Doctor on Thursday, 11th December.

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