Rafael Epstein returns to drive in the new timeslot of 3.30pm to 6.30pm. Weekend presenter Libbi Gorr and evening host David Astle also remain.

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In Sydney and Canberra, Sarah Macdonald replaces outgoing evenings host Chris Bath.

The rest of ABC Sydney’s schedule is largely intact: Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck in breakfast, Cassie McCullagh on Focus, James Valentine in afternoons, Richard Glover in drive and Simon Marnie on weekends.

Judith Whelan, director of ABC regional and local, said the broadcaster’s stations averaged more than 3 million weekly listeners in 2019.

“We continue to be seen as the most trusted source of information by all Australians, no matter where they live,” Whelan said.

ABC Grandstand will continue covering cricket and major football codes, with Alister Nicholson and Corbin Middlemas taking over the pre-game AFL commentary from Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann, Angela Pippos and Emma Race.

ABC LOCAL RADIO IN 2020

Sydney
New: Sarah Macdonald takes over NSW and ACT evenings from Chris Bath.

Continuing: Breakfast, Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck; Focus, Cassie McCullagh; Afternoons, James Valentine; Drive, Richard Glover; Weekends, Simon Marnie.

Melbourne
New: Sammy J replaces Sami Shah and Jacinta Parsons in breakfast; Parsons moves to afternoons; Richelle Hunt to co-host The Conversation Hour with Warwick Long; Alister Nicholson and Corbin Middlemas to anchor weekend pre-game AFL coverage.

Continuing: Mornings, Virginia Trioli; Drive, Rafael Epstein; Evenings, David Astle; Weekends, Libbi Gorr.

Brisbane
Continuing: Breakfast, Craig Zonca and Loretta Ryan; Mornings, Rebecca Levingston; Afternoons, Katherine Feeney; Drive, Steve Austin; Evenings, Kelly Higgins-Devine.

Adelaide
Continuing: Breakfast, Ali Clarke; Mornings, David Bevan; Afternoons, Sonya Feldhoff; Drive, Jules Schiller; Evenings/Smart Arts, Peter Goers; Weekends, Deb Tribe.

Perth
Continuing: Early mornings, Barry Nicholls; Breakfast, Nadia Mitsopoulos and Russell Woolf; Focus, Jessica Strutt; Afternoons, Gillian O’Shaughnessy; Drive, Geoff Hutchison; Saturday Breakfast, Christine Layton; Roots and Shoots, Sabrina Hahn.

Nationally-networked programs
Continuing: Conversations with Richard Fidler and Sarah Kanowski; Nightlife with Philip Clark; Australia All Over with Ian ‘Macca’ McNamara; Overnights with Trevor Chappell and Rod Quinn; Weekend evenings with Christine Anu and Rhianna Patrick; AM with Sabra Lane; The World Today with Eleanor Hall; PM with Linda Mottram.

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