Breakfast radio hosts dropped after five weeks on air

Mark Staufer.
Mark Staufer.

Mark Kennedy and Mark Staufer have been dropped from The Sound Breakfast show, only two weeks after a rant by Staufer lost him his RadioLive job.

MediaWorks announced today the two radio hosts are leaving the station after only five weeks on air.

"This is a disappointing decision to make, but it is clearly the best decision for the station and its audience," said MediaWorks Group Programme Director Andrew Szusterman.

"We had high hopes for The Kennedy & Staufer Breakfast Show, but after five weeks on air we recognise the show is not right for The Sound."

The two radio hosts said in a statement that it was a "great experience" but that it was time for them to move on.

A permanent replacement is yet to be appointed.

The decision comes only two weeks after Mark Staufer's late night slot on RadioLive was canned following an inappropriate rant involving foul language.

Comments made by Staufer on the 10pm-1am show included the words "f***" and "motherf*****" and a discussion on the age he began masturbating and how many abortions a friend had had by the time she was 18.

The audio of the Friday night show was pulled from RadioLive's website and an apology issued to listeners.

- additional reporting NZ Herald


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