Perth Mayor Basil Zempilas is quitting Perth’s breakfast show Triple M after two years

Basil Zempilas, 51, has announced September 23 will be his last day as co-host of the Triple M breakfast program in Perth.

Zempilas quit the job to focus on his role as Lord Mayor of Perth and his other media commitments.

Zempilas joined Triple M two years ago at the start of the global Covid-19 pandemic but was immediately under fire for using the airwaves to advance his bid for Perth Mayor before winning the October 2020 election.

Basil Zempilas, 51, has announced September 23 will be his last day as co-host of the Triple M breakfast program in Perth. He quit the job to focus on his role as Lord Mayor of Perth and his other media commitments

Basil Zempilas, 51, has announced September 23 will be his last day as co-host of the Triple M breakfast program in Perth. He quit the job to focus on his role as Lord Mayor of Perth and his other media commitments

Basil Zempilas, 51, has announced September 23 will be his last day as co-host of the Triple M breakfast program in Perth. He quit the job to focus on his role as Lord Mayor of Perth and his other media commitments

“Right now I need more flexibility in my day and I’m very grateful that Triple M has been so accommodating,” he said this week.

“It’s no secret that I’ve come and gone quite a bit over the last few months and between now and the end of the year there is an extra step in my travel commitments.

“As much as I’d love to be in two places at once, the right call is to land at Triple M after the Grand Final weekend.”

Zempilas joined Triple M two years ago at the start of the global Covid-19 pandemic but was immediately under fire for using the airwaves to advance his bid for Perth Mayor before winning the October 2020 election. He is pictured here with his co-hosts Xavier Ellis and Michelle Anderson

Zempilas joined Triple M two years ago at the start of the global Covid-19 pandemic but was immediately under fire for using the airwaves to advance his bid for Perth Mayor before winning the October 2020 election. He is pictured here with his co-hosts Xavier Ellis and Michelle Anderson

Zempilas joined Triple M two years ago at the start of the global Covid-19 pandemic but was immediately under fire for using the airwaves to advance his bid for Perth Mayor before winning the October 2020 election. He is pictured here with his co-hosts Xavier Ellis and Michelle Anderson

Basil continued, “I do so knowing that with Michelle Anderson I am leaving Xav and our fabulous audience in the best of hands.

“I’m very proud of the role I played in launching a new station in Perth, it will bring me great joy to see the brand grow. I will always be connected to Triple M.”

Xavier Ellis and Michelle Anderson will continue to co-host the breakfast show, with Basil’s replacement yet to be confirmed.

Xavier and Michelle will continue to co-host the breakfast show, with Basil's replacement yet to be confirmed

Xavier and Michelle will continue to co-host the breakfast show, with Basil's replacement yet to be confirmed

Xavier and Michelle will continue to co-host the breakfast show, with Basil’s replacement yet to be confirmed

2022 was a year of change for Zempilas, who has also stepped down from his full-time hosting role at Channel Seven, including co-hosting Weekend Sunrise.

Despite quitting his roles, he remains a sports host on the Seven network.

During Zempilas’ tenure at Triple M, the breakfast show peaked at number 7 and attracted 6.4 percent of listeners in the latest radio ratings.

Triple M Perth Content Director Tim Arnold recognized Basil’s crucial role in helping launch Triple M in Perth – owned by Southern Cross Austereo – which was formerly hit 92.9 and is now an established mainstream broadcaster.

“He played such a pivotal role in bringing the 92.9 Triple M to market,” said Mr. Arnold.

“This means that basil is and always will be a part of our DNA.

“He’s been our station’s biggest champion for the last two years and I know he’ll continue to be a champion for us even though he’s no longer in the building every morning.”

Basil is pictured here with his wife Amy Graham. The couple, who married in Greece in 2009, have two daughters, Chloe and Ava, and a son named Anthony

Basil is pictured here with his wife Amy Graham. The couple, who married in Greece in 2009, have two daughters, Chloe and Ava, and a son named Anthony

Basil is pictured here with his wife Amy Graham. The couple, who married in Greece in 2009, have two daughters, Chloe and Ava, and a son named Anthony

Source: | Dailymail.co.uk


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