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KIIS FM’s The Kyle and Jackie O Show hits ‘astounding’ ratings milestone

The Kyle and Jackie O Show has hit an ‘astounding’ ratings milestone.

The long-running breakfast radio show has just recorded its highest-ever number of listeners in Sydney, the latest survey results reveal.

Hosts Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson reached more Sydneysiders than ever during the latest ratings period than at any point in their 30-year career.

The Kyle and Jackie O Show has hit an ‘astounding’ ratings milestone. The long-running breakfast radio show, hosted by Kyle Sandilands (right) and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson (right), has just recorded its highest-ever number of listeners in Sydney, the latest survey results reveal 

The show was lifted by stellar coverage of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, plus the popular ‘guess the voice’ competition Cash, Cars and Stars.

Kyle and Jackie O has notably bucked the trend of radio ratings going downhill as more young people turn to podcasts for content.

Not only has the program consistently grown its live radio audience, particularly in the 25-54 demographic, but its catch-up podcast is No. 1 in Australia.

Sandilands and Henderson (pictured) reached more Sydneysiders than ever during the latest ratings period than at any point in their 30-year career

Sandilands and Henderson (pictured) reached more Sydneysiders than ever during the latest ratings period than at any point in their 30-year career 

ARN’s chief content officer Duncan Campbell said: ‘Kyle and Jackie O is a powerhouse of a show that keeps on growing.

‘To be the No. 1 FM Sydney breakfast show for 30 consecutive surveys, and achieve a record breaking cume [cumulative audience], is an incredible achievement and highlights the enduring and powerful connection Kyle, Jackie and the entire team have with their audience.

‘This show is as topical and relevant today as it was 30 surveys ago, and we thank the loyal listeners for their continued support.’

The show was lifted by stellar coverage of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, plus the popular ‘guess the voice’ competition Cash, Cars and Stars

The news comes as Kyle and Jackie O’s executive producer Sonia Jahshan prepares to leave the show to join the team at Channel Seven breakfast show Sunrise.

Ms Jahshan, better known to KIIS FM listeners by her on-air nickname ‘Palestine’, announced the news earlier this month via LinkedIn.

‘A forever goal has been to pursue my passion for television and later this year, I am excited to announce that I will commencing a new role as Senior Producer for Sunrise [on] Channel Seven,’ Ms Jahshan wrote.

Confirming her departure was amicable, Ms Jahshan thanked Sandilands and Henderson for their support over the past five years. 

The news comes as Kyle and Jackie O's executive producer Sonia Jahshan (pictured) prepares to leave the show to join the team at Channel Seven breakfast show Sunrise

The news comes as Kyle and Jackie O’s executive producer Sonia Jahshan (pictured) prepares to leave the show to join the team at Channel Seven breakfast show Sunrise 

‘Throughout the years we’ve gone from pillar to post, beating records and reaching new heights through delivering innovative and new content,’ she wrote.

‘Achieving some of the biggest radio ratings Kyle and Jackie O have ever had has been a career highlight of mine,’ she continued.

‘I cannot thank Kyle and Jackie O enough for their support and trusting me to steer their beast of show.’ 

‘I will forever be thankful to them,’ she concluded.

Ms Jahshan announced the news earlier this month via LinkedIn, saying it had long been a dream of hers to work in television. (Pictured: Sunrise co-hosts Natalie Barr and David Koch)

Ms Jahshan announced the news earlier this month via LinkedIn, saying it had long been a dream of hers to work in television. (Pictured: Sunrise co-hosts Natalie Barr and David Koch) 

Jahshan will depart KIIS FM at the end of the year, an ARN spokesperson confirmed to Daily Mail Australia on Thursday.

‘I would like to thank her enormously for her contribution, dedication and passion, and wish her the very best in her next adventure,’ said Derek Bargwanna, the Head of KIIS Network. 

‘Sonia’s departure has opened up a rare opportunity to join Australia’s biggest and most successful radio show, and a global search is now underway to find a new executive producer to join Kyle, Jackie and the KIIS team in 2023,’ he added. 

Ms Jahshan joined ARN in January 2017 as a senior producer.

She worked her way up the ranks and was named executive producer in January 2019, following the departure of Bruno Bouchet.

'A global search is now underway to find a new executive producer to join Kyle, Jackie and the KIIS team in 2023,' said Derek Bargwanna, the Head of KIIS Network. (Ms Jahshan is pictured second from right, just behind Jackie O)

‘A global search is now underway to find a new executive producer to join Kyle, Jackie and the KIIS team in 2023,’ said Derek Bargwanna, the Head of KIIS Network. (Ms Jahshan is pictured second from right, just behind Jackie O)

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