Real reason behind Abbie Chatfield’s surprising radio award snub

Abbie Chatfield made headlines earlier this week after it was reported that she was upset about receiving zero nominations at the prestigious Australian Commercial Radio Awards.

Speaking light-heartedly on her radio show Hot Nights with Abbie Chatfield on Monday, the 27-year-old admitted that she was “crying about the lack of nominations”.

Abbie Chatfield.
Abbie Chatfield received zero nominations for the prestigious Australian Commercial Radio Awards. Photo: SCA

“I felt like I wasn't valued by my community of radio,” she joked to her co-host, Rohan Edwards.

“It's all good, guys, because you know what the most important nominations are? When you nominate to put us in your ears.

“I don’t care about the ACRAs. It doesn't bother me at all. I think it's braver to admit that you're upset than it is to pretend that you don't care.”


Abbie went on to share that she was hoping she was going to be praised “in a legitimate way for once”.

“I guess the only time I’ve ever been praised was on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! when I won,” she added with a laugh.

I'm A Celebrity winner Abbie Chatfield.
‘I guess the only time I’ve ever been praised was on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! when I won.’ Photo: Channel Ten

Real reason behind snub

While The Masked Singer panellist joked that she wasn’t nominated for an ACRA because she always mentions her “hard nipples” on air, there’s a simple reason behind her ‘snub’.

Hot Nights with Abbie Chatfield debuted on the airwaves on January 17, 2022, but this year’s awards are for the shows that aired between April 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022.

This means that Abbie was likely overlooked because only eleven weeks' worth of content was eligible to be entered into any categories, compared to other shows and hosts who had broadcast for the entire year.

It’s likely that the former Bachelor star will be recognised in next year’s nominations instead.

Abbie Chatfield speaking on her radio show.
Abbie’s radio show was likely overlooked by the ACRAs because it had only been on-air for two months. Photos: Instagram/hotnightswithabbie

Abbie’s breakfast radio gig

Although Abbie is yet to receive any formal recognition for her seven months in radio so far, it was reported earlier this week that she could soon be taking on Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson with her own breakfast show.

Radio executives told The Daily Telegraph that SCA, which is Australia’s largest radio and TV broadcaster, is “priming” Abbie to take over the breakfast spot in 2024 in an attempt to save the station’s dismal ratings.

“They’ll definitely make a play for Abbie in 2024,” the source said. “They were in discussions for next year, but haven’t yet come up with the perfect on-air partner.

“She’ll want someone young, fresh, modern, relatable … like her.”

“She certainly could be the wildcard that they desperately need, after a decade of dismal ratings at 2Day FM. Abbie Chatfield is the best card they can play.”

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