Gold Logie nominee Chrissie Swan has quit TEN morning show The Circle.
After two years as part of the ensemble, Swan will focus on radio at Melbourne’s MIX 101.1.
“I’m a mum of two little boys under three, and I don’t want to miss a moment of them. ‘The Circle’ is the most fun I’ve ever had at work and I will miss it like crazy, but at this time in my life with two kids not even old enough for kindergarten, I had to make the tough decision of family time over work,” she said.
“I feel VERY fortunate that I’ve been able to switch from a new love (TV) to an old love (radio) and address the gaping hole in my work/life balance.
Swan is the second of the team to depart, following veteran Denise Drysdale retiring from the show in the last week of its 2011 season.
The switch places more focus on potential changes to TEN’s female presenters with rumours abounding about Sarah Murdoch and Carrie Bickmore. Swan’s name has also been thrown into a crowded Breakfast shortlist.
Swan, who came to prominence via Big Brother, earned her media stripes in regional radio and has previously told TV Tonight she still loves the medium.
Via The Circle she landed a Gold Logie nomination, and recently gave birth to her second child.
“My new role on the MIX 101.1 breakfast program will give me the flexibility to volunteer at kindy tuck shop, be around for story time at the library and to watch Bananas In Pajamas in real time – all the things I was simply not able to do while working on The Circle.
“The MIX 101.1 breakfast show will be incredibly fun, challenging and satisfying.”