ABC Radio reveals Red Symons replacement

ABC Radio has revealed who will replace Red Symons.

And in a twist it's not one, but two radio personalities who'll be picking up the headphones after the former Skyhooks guitarist was booted from the coveted Melbourne breakfast slot.

Comedian Sami Shah and broadcaster Jacinta Parsons will debut their new breakfast show in late January. The pair filled in for Symons in August while the radio and TV identity was recovering from a fall which left him with a brain injury.

While Symons has decided to leave the ABC, he isn't retiring altogether and claims to have already received several job offers. Earlier this year, the former Hey Hey It's Saturday star came under fire for asking a Radio National broadcaster if she was "yellow" and asking, "What's the deal with Asians?"

Shah migrated to Australia in 2012 from Pakistan after receiving death threats over his political satire. He has been labelled one of the most important new voices in Australian comedy.

Parsons started her career at Melbourne community radio station 3RRR before joining the ABC in 2015.

Director of ABC Radio Michael Mason said in a statement the public broadcaster is introducing co-hosted breakfast programs in capital cities after a successful trial in Adelaide.

"The industry benchmark for breakfast is for a two-person presentation," he said.

Jon Faine and Raf Epstein will keep their respective shows but Epstein's drive show will be 30 minutes shorter and start an hour later as part of a wider change to programming earlier in the day including Myf Warhurst's new music show at 12.30 each day.

In Sydney, breakfast presenter Robbie Buck will be joined by former mornings host Wendy Harmer for an extended program wrapping up at 10am.

It has also been confirmed PM and The World Today's run time will be slashed in half, as Fairfax Media flagged last month. In an email to staff, director of news Gaven Morris stressed this change was driven by audience research and there will be no job cuts as a result.

Walkley award-winning broadcaster Linda Mottram has been announced as the permanent host of PM, after veteran journalist Mark Colvin died earlier this year at the age of 65.

Patricia Karvelas, who currently hosts RN Drive, is leaving her Sky News program to extend her ABC duties. She will host a new TV show dissecting the week's events, set to air on ABC News on Sundays at 9pm.

This story ABC Radio reveals Red Symons replacement first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.